BTA V Levy and Operations Levy; You Should Say No to One of Them
If you are a long-time district watcher, you start to see patterns in how the district communicates its needs. No matter who the superintendent is or the make-up of the Board, when it comes to levies, they say the same things with one voice.
And I can't blame them - they want the money.
But I ask you: when you get your next property tax bill look carefully at it. About half is funding for these levies. Do you think you are getting your money's worth for that kind of taxing? Has the district clearly and transparently explained where they are spending those dollars?
February 2022 will see two renewal levies. Yes, they are not new but yes, they generally get larger every time. (But there is one exception this time.)
The Board is having a work session this week on the levies on Friday, September 29th from 4:30-6:00 pm and then there is a work session for the Budget from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm. Here's the agenda with documentation.
One is the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) which comes up for renewal every three years. The district runs it because, well, the state just doesn't cover the costs of running the district. There are not enough Special education dollars, nor nursing dollars. Here's what the district says it will do:If approved, the EP&O:
- Funds critical day-to-day operations.
- Continues funding for programs that support SPS students, including child nutrition programs, social-emotional health, and special education.
- Helps fund programs including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.