Back in the year 2000, the district put a levy on the ballot to cover the increase in operating expenses. It is a reality that the cost of supplies and materials get more expensive, and the operation of schools is not immune to this reality. The renewable levy passed in 2000 came with an expiration date. State law requires schools to go back to taxpayers every 5 years to renew their support. Vermilion has authorized renewal of this levy twice since 2000, and we now asking for the third renewal of a levy for the same millage.
It is important to understand that this is not a new tax and it is not an increase from what the district already receives. This is simply a renewal of the support you have provided to our kids since 2000.
The renewal of this levy is critical to the continued operation of the district. The loss of $4,250,000 would be devastating to our children. The reduced funding would result in cuts to programming and instruction throughout the district.
Over the last seven years, the district has followed several cost reduction strategies that have enabled us to keep the rising costs of education manageable. We are proud of the fact we have been able to manage costs while simultaneously improving our district and learning environments through the creation of a single campus, new and upgraded facilities, and fulfill our mission of making every student college and career ready through personalized instruction.