What’s on the ballot?
An operating levy that will generate $2,631,975 additional funds for our school district. It will cost property owners $20 per month more per $100,000 of property value. Funding from the levy will be used for day-to-day operations and to keep up with inflation and losses in state funding over the last decade.
What’s the difference between this levy and the Nov. 2018 levy?
District leaders listened to the community. We went back to the drawing board and scaled back last November’s request. A focus on long-term efficiencies from the elementary reconfiguration plan allows us to lower this request.
It has been a decade since Dover City Schools has had a new operating levy, and only four have been approved in the past 30 years.
While costs of daily operations continue to rise, our district has lost state funding since 2005 due to the elimination of the tangible personal property tax (TPP). For example, during the 2006-07 school year, Dover received more than $3.5 million in TPP tax, but for the current school year, we are only anticipating $561,195.
The need for additional funds was not caused by inefficient spending, rather, it is a revenue problem. Even with the additional funds, we will not lose sight of our goal to operate as lean as possible.
What has the district done to save money?
To cut costs, Dover City Schools has already:
o Reduced maintenance/custodial staff
o Reduced the number of kindergarten classroom assistants and library aides
o Reconfigured the high school and middle school daily schedules to educate more students without adding
o Eliminated three teaching positions for the 2018-19 school year
o Implemented of pay-to-participate fees for sports and activities beginning in Fall 2019
o Reconfigured our elementary buildings for the 2019-2020 school year and reduced teaching positions
We will continue to provide a quality education in the most financially efficient manner possible.