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“Holding the tax levy flat further limits all future potential tax extensions,” Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Jeremy Davis wrote in the tax levy presentation. “District 155 already has reduced its tax extensions and tax rates each of the prior two fiscal years.”
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn addressed the board Tuesday as well and urged the board to reduce its levy, rather than consider an increase.
But some board members said they wanted to think in the long term when it comes to fiscal stability.
“I am torn on this one because I am thinking of the future,” board member Ron Ludwig said. “I understand we are all worried [about taxes] but we are also thinking big picture. We are thinking future. We want to get those roofs fixed while it’s sunny, not while it’s raining.”
Board president Adam Guss said he supported the increase.
“The reason I am is because … we are working actively on cost saving measures in the district,” Guss said. ‘We are talking about consolidation. … We are looking at these things.”
Property taxes were a hot topic during the spring elections, where nine candidates competed for four spots on the board. Many board members who won seats said at the time of the election that they are not necessarily in favor of tax increases but also needed to balance educational needs.
“It is time that we give back to our taxpayers by being fiscally responsible with our true district needs,” Ludwig said during the campaign. “As student numbers go down, so should the need for staffing and services. We should not have to ask for any more taxpayer dollars in this scenario."
Board Vice President Jason Blake had similar sentiments in the spring.
“We need to use some common sense regarding this issue,” he said. “At this point, I do not advocate increasing property taxes. I believe cutting them will drastically decrease the quality of education, which, in the long run, will lead to lower property values. “