School district blames large drop in state aid for its need for tax referendum
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.