Saturday, October 30, 2004

Edgewood and Franklin schools put taxes to vote


Pay-to-participate at stake Tuesday

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

Novalee Hillard is looking forward to the day Concerned Parents for the Future of Franklin Athletics can disband.

Members of the Edgewood Parent Activity Committee for our Kids have similar sentiments.

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Both groups formed about six months ago following March levy defeats that prompted elimination of sports, school clubs and high school transportation in the districts.

Voters will again be asked Nov. 2 to approve operating levies and end pay-to-participate.

Edgewood, in Butler County, is seeking approval of a 6.9-mill levy that would bring $2.5 million annually to district coffers.

Taxes would increase about $211 annually on a $100,000 house.

Franklin voters are being asked to approve a 9.79-mill operating levy that would raise about $3.9 million annually for day-to-day operations.

Taxes would increase about $300 annually on a $100,000 house.

"I hope this passes to get everything up and running normal again," Hillard said.

"It would take away the pressure these kids are facing about next year.''

Franklin, in Warren County, has cut $1.2 million from its budget in the last 18 months, including 30 positions.

Busing for high school students and those in grades K-8 who live less than 2 miles from school was cut.

"The problem is if it doesn't pass now, we can't collect any money until 2006," Assistant Superintendent Bill Wood said.

In Edgewood, school officials cut $1 million from the budget after levy defeats in March and August.

Included was high school busing.

If Tuesday's levy is defeated, additional cuts would be made for the 2005-06 school year.

"We would be facing a nearly $4 million deficit in 2007," Superintendent Tom York said.

"We can't cut $4 million out of a single year's budget so we would begin cutting next year. We've already identified $3.8 million in cuts that will take us to bare minimums."

Full busing in both districts would be reinstated if the levies are approved, and parents would be reimbursed for fall activities fees.




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