Prairieview-Ogden School District tax referendum on March 18 Primary ballot

Prairieview-Ogden School District tax referendum on March 18 Primary ballot

Voters in the Prairieview-Ogden Consolidated School District 197 will cast their ballots in a tax referendum on the March 18 Primary ballot.

The increase of forty cents in the Education Fund tax rate would raise the maximum rate to $2.32 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Victor White, school superintendent, said the additional revenue is needed because the school district has been hit hard by a loss of general state aid.



White said the district doesn't anticipate raising the rate by the full forty cents right away.  He said the rate will probably go up by 25 to 30 cents at first.

He said money is so tight in the district that two teachers will lose their jobs if the referendum fails.



If approved, White said the owner of a home valued at $120,000 would pay about $160 in new taxes a year.

The school district is comprised of a grade school for kindergarten through 4th grade in Royal, a grade school in Odgen for kindergarten through 6th grade....and a junior high in Flatville for grades 7 and 8.

The tax referendum appears on the ballot in Champaign and Vermilion Counties for voters who live in the school district.
 

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IdesM15 wrote on March 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I am a taxpayer who will be voting NO to this referendum on the March 18th ballot.

Prairieview-Ogden (PVO) 197 should be consolidated with St. Joseph Grade School District to the south and Gifford to the north and west. With only 240 students spread across three (3) aging school faciities raising taxes $0.40 to $2.32 per $100 assessed valuation is not a prudent thing to do in era of accountability and cutback. This hike will save a few jobs but will not bring needed instructional supplies, updated equipment or deferred repairs to antiquated facilities of this district. Let's be honest here ... this referendum will not stave off the inevitable. Small school districts like PVO are on the way out. I would rather my tax dollars go to the St. Joseph Grade School District and be used to upgrade and sustain the quality instruction and facilities of this growing school system.

According to the ISBE website PVO has not grown in enrollment over the past 5 academic years and this stagnation in growth has occurred even after Prairieview 192 consolidated with the Ogden grade school district 7 or 8 years ago. (Source: http://www.isbe.net/research/htmls/fall_housing.htm). With continued low enrollment coupled with above average teacher salaries and an extremely high superintendent salary, 3-5 years down the road this same question for a tax rate hike will be back on the ballot to save a few more teachers. Who benefits in this scenario ... the teacher or the student? Certainly not the taxpayer! (Source: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/research/htmls/salary_report.htm)

The children on this Champaign/Vermilion County region deserve better and right now they simply are not getting with this current school distirct. A NO vote will send a message to this board and the state board that the people of this area want a better public school option than what they currently are receiving with PVO 197.

PhineasAndFerb wrote on March 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

"Prairieview-Ogden (PVO) 197 should be consolidated with St. Joseph Grade School District to the south and Gifford to the north and west. With only 240 students spread across three (3) aging school faciities raising taxes $0.40 to $2.32 per $100 assessed valuation is not a prudent thing to do in era of accountability and cutback. "

Why does this need to be an era of cutback? Is elementary education not as important as it once was?

 

"This hike will save a few jobs but will not bring needed instructional supplies, updated equipment or deferred repairs to antiquated facilities of this district. Let's be honest here ... this referendum will not stave off the inevitable. Small school districts like PVO are on the way out. I would rather my tax dollars go to the St. Joseph Grade School District and be used to upgrade and sustain the quality instruction and facilities of this growing school system."

How many school board meetings have you attended to let the boards know your concerns?

 

"With continued low enrollment coupled with above average teacher salaries and an extremely high superintendent salary"

Teacher salary is average compared to whom? In Champaign County alone - Mahomet, Urbana, Champaign, Fisher, Heritage, St. Joseph, Thomasboro, and Rantoul all have higher average salaries. Data-> 2011: http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/5682239-418/database-find-the-average-salaries-at-illinois-school-districts.html?appSession=176443212784122

A 7th year teacher makes between $45,000-$50,000 INCLUDING pension payment. 

 

"The children on this Champaign/Vermilion County region deserve better and right now they simply are not getting with this current school distirct. A NO vote will send a message to this board and the state board that the people of this area want a better public school option than what they currently are receiving with PVO 197."

PVO students are successful socially, athletically, and academically. PVO ISAT Scores are the highest in the county (maybe the region), the students from my experience are well behaved, and they field competitive teams in every sport. PVO Jr. High is 1:1 with computers/laptops as well.