Why we need operating levies
State legislators have given communities local control by allowing voters to pass operating levies, also called referendums, to help fund school operations.
At one time in the state’s history, general education costs were paid for by the state and operating levies provided "extra" funds to schools to go above and beyond the standard requirements.
Those times have changed. Now, after several years of frozen state funding, tax shifts and rising inflation costs, operating levies are vital to providing standard educational programs.
Operating levies today are not extras. School districts rely on heavily the money from local taxpayers to help pay for necessary expenses that directly impact the classroom.
Over the years legislators have put a greater burden on local property taxes to fund education, so that now, almost 15 percent of our district’s revenue comes from local levies. (See Revenue Sources chart at left)
Operating levies are essential to providing much needed revenue to pay for teachers and staff, purchase textbooks and supplies, buy computers and much, much more. Across the state, districts have operating levies ranging from $1 per student to over $2,000 per student.