To the editor:
This upcoming election day, Nov. 7, 2017, residents will see a levy from the Black River Local School District on the ballot. This is a renewal levy and not a new tax, meaning that if it passes, residents will not see any changes in the taxes they currently pay.
This levy is an operating levy and it makes up 12 percent of the total district budget, or $1.6 million. It is therefore necessary for Black River Local Schools to be able to continue providing the same level of programs and operations for our students.
The levy can only be used for operating expenses and cannot be used for anything outside of district operations. If it fails, our district will be forced to make difficult choices in order to remain in our budget.
Again, this is not a new tax. Residents will not see an increase in taxes if the levy passes, nor will the amount of the levy be raised since it was first passed.
The district must have these dollars to maintain its current level of operations. This renewal levy will allow our district to continue providing the same excellent educational services to our students without any additional cost to taxpayers.
If you would like more information about this levy, please visit www.blackriverschools.org.
Chuck Stiver, President
Scott Meredith, Vice President
On behalf of the Black River Board of Education