Why do I need to vote? Doesn’t the school budget always pass?
Less than 20% of our schools’ parents participate in the budget vote. While this year’s budget increase is very modest, at 1.99%, YOUR VOTE REMAINS CRITICAL to its passage.
What could happen if the budget does not pass?
A failed budget would cause great strain in the way our schools are run, and risk losing many of the services that we currently take for granted, including:
- Electives, music and art, advanced classes, foreign language options and more, may be reduced.
- Sports programs may be cut, and, at a minimum, all equipment purchases would be suspended.
- Late buses would be eliminated.
- The Summer Recreation Program would either be eliminated or the fees would be sharply increased from loss of all subsidies, including need-based programs.
- Home prices would drop significantly as buyers avoid communities with budgetary impasse.
General Fund Appropriation $193,324,596
Amount Raised by Real Property Tax $182,231,882
State Aid $6,574,023