The Tri-County North Local School District has a 1 percent Earned Income tax levy on the May 6 election ballot. As the parent of two TCN students, I would like to encourage a “yes” vote on the levy. A few facts which merit support of the levy:
This is the first time funds will be raised through an Earned Income tax. The funds received this way come from only income earned from wages, salaries, and other employee compensation. For example, on an annual income of $30,000, the tax paid would only be $300.
Retirement income, interest, capital gains, etc. are not included as Earned Income and will not be included.
Tri-County North is the only school in Preble County and the Cross County Conference which does not have an Earned Income tax.
The school currently receives funds from property taxes. Those funds are a set figure from when the tax rate was approved. It does not increase when property values increase, nor does it decrease when property values go down.
Tri-County North is committed to providing a high quality education to its students. In the past few years, various costs have gone up on items like building maintenance, electricity, and food, to name a few. With those additional costs and with the fixed property tax revenue, cuts had to be made to non-teaching staff, teachers who retired were not replaced, and salaries were frozen. The teachers and administrators, however, are still devoted to providing an excellent education.
Because the focus of a school is education, a failure of this levy will result in cuts to non-classroom functions, such as:
Busing for high school students, meaning parents of non-driving students will need to bring their children to school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon, or make arrangements for someone to do this,
All sports, including eliminating the Athletic Director position,
Activities such as marching band, yearbook, academic clubs, and more,
Advisors for each class, prom, student council, National Honor Society, cheerleading, and more,
All field trips and Latchkey,
And, the school building will close at 4 p.m. each day, with no events on Saturdays or Sundays.
Extra-curricular activities, whether athletics, music, academic clubs, cheerleading, etc., provide opportunities for the students to stretch their bodies and minds outside the regular school day. They form bonds and lifelong friendships with their fellow students.
The failure of this levy will not only impact the students and parents (with the elimination of high school busing and Latchkey), but will also impact the Lewisburg community. Without these things which keep the students active following school, many will decide to hang around town, which will increase the number who already do. Many will not have spending money, but will just loiter.
Exact information on the levy, what it covers (and doesn’t), as well as a list of the cuts may be found at on the school’s website at http://tricounty.oh.schoolwebpages.com/.
Again, I respectfully ask for a “yes” vote on the Tri-County North levy on May .
Lisa C. Boggs