LETTER: District didn’t have to raise levy to cover loss of students

To Ozaukee Press:

The article about voucher school costs in last week’s Ozaukee Press was highly misleading. The district received $460,000 less in state aid simply because it isn’t educating those children anymore. That loss happens whenever students move out of the district too. State money follows the student.

The only reason our property tax levy also increased by that $460,000 is that state law allows the district to raise that levy just as if it were still educating those students. The school board did not have to do that. Losing students to voucher schools only hurts the taxpayer if the district chooses to raise the levy when it doesn’t have to.

So the real question is why did our school board raise our levy to educate students who don’t go to our schools anymore?

Tom Kamenick
Port Washington

 

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