Unofficial Election Results
District 196 faces a projected $30 million budget shortfall over the next two years. This summer, the administration identified $4 million in budget adjustments and efficiencies that will be made beginning this school year, leaving a $6 million shortfall for 2014-15 and another $20 million projected for 2015-16 based on current budget assumptions.
In August, the School Board voted unanimously to place a single levy referendum question on the ballot in the November 5, 2013 election. The choice facing voters is whether or not to revoke the district’s existing levy and replace it with a new 10-year levy for $375 per pupil more than the existing levy. The new levy would generate an additional $10 million per year, which represents approximately 3% of the district’s total annual operating budget. If the levy is approved, total school district taxes on the average-value home would increase by $56 in 2014.
If not approved
The district will make an additional $6 million in budget adjustments for 2014-15, including:
- Class size increases at all grades;
- Cuts to curricular and cocurricular programs, including gifted/talented;
- Increased participation fees, and
- Elimination of 5th grade band, the Developmental Psychology program at the high schools and 9th grade B-team sports.
In addition, if the levy is not approved the administration would initiate a communitywide process to identify a projected $20 million more in budget adjustments for 2015-16. For context, $20 million would be the equivalent of approximately 300 teaching positions; the district currently has nearly 2,000 total teachers.
The district would be able to avoid the $6 million in budget adjustments for 2014-15 listed above and lessen the impact of $20 million more in adjustments projected for 2015-16.
If you have questions, call the levy information line at 651-423-7776