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“I like the idea of this. I think we could’ve focused more on the big picture of things,” Mast said. “I think it all comes down to the money, and there could’ve been more emphasis on that.”
Will a levy pass?
Snyder said a common question she hears is what the district will bring back if a levy is successful in the fall. That depends on how much of a tax increase voters approve — if they approve anything, she said.
The district completed a community engagement survey last month, she said. It indicated that residents would approve a $300 increase in per pupil funding, adding $159 in property tax for owners of Lakeville’s median-priced home.
“The problem is, that just doesn’t balance our budget,” she said. “We’d need $500 per pupil to do that.”
When asked whether they’d approve the larger amount, residents were split down the middle, she said.
Jessica Hillis, PTO co-president at Christina Huddleston Elementary, has two children in the district. Although she strongly supports a levy, she said she knows other parents who don't. She’s heard the sentiment that the district has too much administrative overhead and doesn't spend wisely.
If a levy doesn’t pass, “Lakeville is just going to be sad and it’s going to be very difficult,” Hillis said. “So many of us feel it’s bare bones as it is.”
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