POLL: Fate of Woodridge Levy Hanging in the Balance
Voters will decide Nov. 6 on whether to approve or deny the district's new levy, Issue 71, which would generate $15 million in revenue and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation.
Issue 71 is just weeks away from hitting the ballot box.
If passed, the five-year, 6.83-mill levy would generate $15 million in revenue and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, said district Superintendent Walter Davis.
The district hasn’t passed a levy since 2004.
Over that eight-year period, state funding has remained stagnant, the district’s student body has increased by about 15 percent and expenditures -- such as salaries, school supplies and utility costs -- have continued to rise, said Woodridge treasurer Deanna Levenger.
School officials have cut 10 percent or $2 million from their $20 million budget over the last two years to remain in the black.
In August, the district suffered its third consecutive levy failure.
In the event Issue 71 fails on Nov. 6, the Woodridge Board of Education will need to approve $1.8 million in cuts to keep the budget balanced and in the black through the 2013-14 school year.
The reductions would go into effect July 1, 2013.
According to Issue 71 Levy Committee Chairman Scott Karlo, the cuts would include:
- K-8 busing would be reduced to state minimum; high school transportation would be eliminated
- Two part-time health aides
- Three custodial aides
- 1.5 guidance counselors
- One industrial technology teacher
- Three library tutors (no library unless parents volunteer)
- Three kindergarten teachers (Elimination of all-day, everyday Kindergarten)
- Five Woodridge High School teachers
- Three Woodridge Middle School teachers
- Four Primary School and Intermediate School teachers
Take the poll and offer any comments below on whether you'll vote for or against Issue 71.