The Superintendent Shares Information about the Excess LevyPosted by Superintendent Don Spence on 10/17/2018 8:45:00 AM
Superintendent Spence Shares Information about the Levy
I would like to take this opportunity to share some facts about the Mingo County School Excess Levy.
The School Excess Levy Election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
The Board of Education is running the excess levy election in conjunction with the regular general election in lieu of running a special election in 2018/19, saving the taxpayers approximately $60,000.
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. on election day. Absentee ballots can be mailed and must be postmarked by November 6, 2018. Early voting at the County Clerk’s office may also be utilized.
Is this a new tax?
No. Mingo County has supported the school excess levy since 1964, renewing the measure every five years. The current special levy expires in June 2019. The levy on the November election ballot will only sustain the expiring levy to provide school funding for the next five years, impacting educational programs in the community and at all 10 schools:
-Mingo Extended Learning Center
-Mingo Central High School
-Tug Valley High School
What is the Mingo County School Excess Levy?
Approximately 4,200 students are enrolled in Mingo County Schools. All programs and all students are impacted by special levy dollars.
State allocations and federal funding provide only a portion of the total dollars needed to operate public schools. Local funding through special levies makes up the shortfall. In Mingo County this is approximately 15% of our general current expense budget.
Again, the Mingo County school excess levy has been in effect since July 1, 1964 (almost 55 years) and must be approved by voters every 5 years. The current levy expires in June 2019.
The school excess levy allows the continuation of services including the purchase of instructional materials and educational technology resources; school allotments and supplies; funding for extended year; funding for school athletic programs including insurance for all participating students; community support for local agencies; employment of necessary personnel outside the school aide formula to meet the needs of students and maintain employee benefits; capital improvements including repair and maintenance of buildings and utilities. Most importantly, levy funds help our school system meet the demands of preparing our children for success in life and the work place.
What Happens if the Excess Levy Does Not Pass?
The Mingo County Board of Education would be confronted with making difficult choices regarding our county’s educational programs and services if the excess levy is not passed.
These choices could involve limiting the purchase of new textbooks and supplies; curtailing extra-curricular activities; eliminating support to local organizations and agencies; reducing personnel and eliminating benefits necessary to attract and maintain qualified staff. Ultimately, the school board would be forced to reduce programs and services in order to offset a 15% (6 million dollar) reduction in the school system’s general current expense budget.
The Excess Levy Supports
- Free textbooks, school equipment, instructional equipment and instructional supplies for all students, including technology services to install and maintain equipment for all schools.
- Additional educational opportunities for students
- Supplies and equipment for students and schools
- Band and choral programs
- Repairs/maintenance, safety and security measures for schools
- Community services
- Employee/supplements and benefits
- Improvement of facilities
** I would like for all Mingo County voters to respectfully consider this information when they cast their ballots on November 6, 2018.
Mr. Donald Spence, Superintendent of Mingo County Schools