Why is this NEEDED NOW?
Why do the Van Buren Local Schools need a levy?
Since State of Ohio’s 2006 elimination of the Tangible Personal Property (TPP) tax, the Van Buren Local School District has seen a steady decrease in funding over the past 13 years. Reduced revenue and increasing expenses have caused the District to go into deficit spending beginning in FY 2015.
The District has not passed a levy for new revenues since 2004.
Why is the levy important for students and the community?
The $2.45 million levy will preserve the educational excellence the district is built upon.
The levy would address the budget deficit as well as allow for additional counseling and mental health services, development of Career Exploration and Development programming and maintenance of current building.
Failure to find additional revenue will have a drastic impact on our educational programming. The Board of Education and administration will have to make decisions for the next budget on reductions that will have a direct impact on student education.
ADDRESS BUDGET SHORTFALLS
Even after aggressive reductions in spending, the district is deficit spending by $1.745 million this year.
Since 2011, federal funding per pupil for Van Buren Schools decreased by 40%, while state funding as a % of total revenues fell from 35% to 26% of revenues. These losses must be absorbed by the district’s general fund budget to cover mandated services - many of which are unfunded - shifting the school funding burden to local taxpayers.
WHAT TYPE OF LEVY AND HOW MUCH?
This levy is an income tax. It will be based on taxable income. The rate is 1%, meaning it will cost $1.37 per day for a taxable income of $50,000.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT FAILS?
Failure to find additional revenue will have a drastic impact on our educational programming. The
Board of Education and administration will have to make decisions for the next budget on reductions
that will have a direct impact on student education. This includes cutting teachers and course
opportunities for students.
what the LEVY WILL DO
The passage of this levy will help to increase mental health services--including counseling. Passage will also include increasing career prep through a development of Career Exploration and Development programming.
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