Greenville’s Renewal Levy…
acknowledged, but don’t take it out on the District
By Bob Robinson
We’ve had a ton of traffic about Greenville’s Renewal Levy in the last
72 hours. People are concerned (read “angry”) over what they perceive
as misleading information because the millage has increased. Common
sense and logic tell us that should be a replacement.
In my humble opinion, little or nothing having to do with government
policies or regulations is logical or uses common sense.
Be that as it may, it is by law a Renewal because the school district
is NOT asking for – nor will it receive at any point in time - an
increase in funding. It is a $1.64 million levy.
Most property owners will see little change – if any – in their taxes.
That is because the value of their property was reassessed and
determined to be lower. Consequently the increased millage is nothing
more than a balancing act to achieve the same end product: $1.64
If property values go up significantly – which I really doubt in the
foreseeable future – then I assume the millage would have to be
I repeat: Unless you are a farmer “benefitting” from the recent CAUV
reevaluations, your pocketbook should see minimal (if any) change.
Carla Surber noted that the district is facing nearly a $1 million
shortfall in the first seven months of this school year. Six of our
eight local school districts are facing shortfalls this year… and it’s
only going to get worse next year.
Stop and think what the loss of another $1.64 million is going to mean
to this District, the community and its students if we let government
idiocy interfere with our support of the education of our kids.
Complain to the legislators who set all these parameters up over the
decades. It’s not the School Board and the District trying to pull a
Greenville City Schools and the students it serves are just as much
victims as you are. They have to do more with less just like the rest
of us. Don’t take it out on them. Vote yes on March 6. That levy is
crucial to the District’s continued mandate to provide the best
education possible to its students.