Referendum: Nov 3, 2015
Thank you to everyone who voted. The results of the 2015 ISD 192 Special Election will be posted on the Secretary of State website. The chart below is an unofficial summary. Click here to read the full press release.
For more than a decade, state education funding has not kept up with inflation.The district just cut nearly $1 million for 2015-16 and, even with the additional state funding just received, a budgetdeficit is projected as soon as the 2016-17 school year. Additional funding is needed to maintain or lower class sizes,maintain buildings and maintain educational programs. Farmington currently has one of the lowest per pupil operatinglevies among its peers and class sizes higher than the metro average.
The Farmington School Board and district leadership spent the past several months reviewing district finances, facilities maintenance needs, community surveys and funding options before unanimously deciding to put two school funding questions on the November 3 ballot:
- Question 1: Operating Levy Increase - a request to increase the operating levy by $433 to lower class sizes and maintain educational programs. This amount maximizes a state contribution to operating funds, thus lessening the burden on local property taxes. (The actual ballot language will revoke the existing levy of $326.93/pupil and replace it with a new levy of $759.93/pupil, which is a $433/pupil increase.)
- Question 2: Building Bonds - a request for a $45,320,000 bond for deferred maintenance districtwide, school safety and security improvements, and additional kindergarten classrooms in all elementary schools.
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For more than a decade, state education funding has not kept up with inflation. The School Board recently approved nearly $1 million in cuts for 2015-16. Even with the additional state funding just received, we are projecting a budget deficit as soon as the 2016-17 school year.
Farmington currently has one of the lowest per pupil operating levies among its peers.
Currently, 82 cents of every taxpayer dollar goes directly into Farmington classrooms, supporting teachers, textbooks, technology and learning for students.