We look forward to seeing you during conferences and every day.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Remember to Vote in the School Levy Election!
By February 9.
Why do we have levy elections?
- School funding comes from local, state, and federal revenues.
- Local levies pay for items not funded by state or federal sources.
- Local levies provide more local discretion than state or federal rules.
- Richland’s school levy provides about 17% of the district’s revenue.
- Local levies are passed for a limited time period and they expire unless renewed.
What is the levy used for?
- Almost every component of school operations benefits from levy funds.
- Athletics and Activities are entirely funded from local levies because there is no state or federal money for these.
- Hiring, training, and retaining quality staff is a major use of levy funds.
- Maintenance, transportation, and utilities are strongly supported by the local levy.
- The local levy allows Richland to offer excellent programs above and beyond the basic education provided by the state.
How Much is the local levy?
- The levy proposed levy in 2017 and 2018 will maintain the same levy rate as in 2016, of $3.28 per thousand dollars of Assessed Valuation. (That is, $328 per year for a $100,000 home, or $656 per year for a $200,000 home.)
- Due to increased property value in the school district from new construction and higher property values, the same tax rate continued in the 2017 levy will collect an additional $1,200,000 (for a total of $24,200,000) and the 2018 levy will collect another additional $1,200,000 (for a total of $25,400,000). This will allow the district to account for enrollment increases of at least 350 students per year and for the costs of opening and operating a new middle school.