Why are voters being asked to consider a local option Levy?
This local option school tax was originally approved in 2000 and most recently renewed in 2014. During that time, the local option levy has funded classroom teachers, counselors, and support staff. In the 2018/19 fiscal year it funded approximately 80 teachers in the district.
If passed, what would the Levy renewal fund?
If approved, this measure would provide funds to the District to maintain current programs and staffing levels at schools for 5 years.
The Local Option Renewal would:
- Preserve about 80 classroom teachers, counselors, support staff
- Maintain class size and protect class sizes supported by the current levy
- Help WLWV schools by supplementing state funding
If this measure is not approved, at current funding levels the District would need to reduce its budget by approximately $11,241,776 in 2020-21, which represents about 80 teachers.