The state Legislature increased state property taxes in 2018 with the intent of lowering the local portion of school taxes, not eliminating them. This is step in the right direction, but it is not a perfect solution. Here’s why:
The state money must be spent in very specific ways. Those restrictions eliminate much of our local control for programs our community wants in schools.
Some districts can ask voters for more money per student than others. This is not an equitable solution because some districts will generate more funding than others.
The state is not covering the full cost of staff pay and benefits, special education, transportation, teacher training, counselors and social workers, school nurses, and other critical needs.