Support Arlington schools | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
February 1, 2012 · 9:36 AM
On Feb. 14, we will ask you, the voter, to approve a School Programs and Operation Levy (formerly called a M&O Levy) for the Arlington School District.
As your elected representatives we do not take this action lightly. We understand the fiscal responsibility that is placed squarely on the shoulders of each Board Director. While we realize any kind of tax is a burden, we also must acknowledge that the state does not fully pay for all of the programs that it mandates or that our community has determined that we need. In order to fund all of our day-to-day operational expenses, we are forced to ask our local voters to fund 22 percent of our current educational programs.
We want to stress to the Arlington School District voters that this is a replacement levy — not a new or additional tax. The $3.57 per thousand will replace the rate that you are currently paying.
What does this money do? It pays for 35 percent of our school transportation costs and 30 percent of our staffing needs. In addition, it funds a significant portion of special education, technology, teaching materials, and extracurricular activities.
Our district was recently cited by the State Auditor as one of the most efficient school districts in the State. We’re proud of that recognition. We’ve worked hard to provide a comprehensive school program for our kids. We urge you to vote on February 14. Our kids are counting on you.
Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors
Sara Deeter, Student Advisor
Russell Smithson, Student Advisor