Park City Schools is asking our school district to consider the passage of two different levies. The elementary is asking for $100,000 to maintain the general fund. This is the main fund for the school that covers teacher salaries, textbooks, supplies, maintenance of our facilities, special education, and support staff. This increase would allow us to replace needed textbooks, maintain our staffing level and, maintain our supply budget. Without it, we would be looking at cutting up to two teaching positions, we would go another year without new textbooks and we would see a big cut to our supply budget. These cuts would all have a negative impact on student learning.
At the high school, we are looking for $75,000 to maintain the general fund. This year we had to cut out our textbook budget, decrease our supply budget, and continue to go without an art teacher and a business/computer teacher. The increase would allow us to purchase needed textbooks, it would replenish our supply budget, and it would allow us to at least maintain our staff and perhaps hire an art or business teacher. Without this levy, we would go another year without replacing text books, it would heavily limit our supply purchasing, and it would cut at least one teaching position (meaning the loss of another subject area) which would have a negative impact on preparing students for life after high school.
What would these levies cost? As noted above, the elementary levy is to raise $100,000 for our general fund. To do so, taxpayers would be levied approximately 20.1 mills. That equates to about $27.14 per year on a $100,000 home ($2.26 per month), or $54.27 on a $200,000 home. For the high school we are looking at a $75,000 levy, which is approximately 15.11 mills. That equates to about $20.40 per year on a $100,000 home ($1.70 per month), or $40.80 per year on a $200,000 home.
You will be asked to vote on these levies in a mail ballot that will be sent out the middle of April. All ballots must be received by the election office by 8:00 pm of May 5.