School levy vote set for March 5

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:49 AM.

The district is facing a shortfall of roughly $500,000 even without the additional funding. There will be cuts, to jobs or programs. However, take away the additional mil levy, currently worth about $1.3 million, and the budget deficit would be $1.8 million, Norton said.

“Even if this (levy) passes we will still be short dollars,” said board member George Cox. “It will be easier to cut half a million dollars than it will be almost two million dollars.”

If the levy does not pass, that could mean as many as 50 jobs cut and would likely render the district out of compliance with state constitutional mandates on class size ratios.

Norton said it would be likely the district could not cut 50 jobs, more likely around 30, but said the cuts would then have to come from programs.

“We are not asking for anything but to maintain,” Norton said.

Wright said, “School won’t be like we have it now if this doesn’t pass. It will be ugly.”

Voters approved the additional operating levy four years ago, but the economic winds have whittled the worth of that mil nearly in half over the four years. What was once worth $2.2 million is now equal to $1.3 million.

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