Our Ability to Provide Our Children with a First-Rate Educational Experience is Increasingly at Risk

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  • State and Federal governments only provide funding for 5% of the school budget.
  • Property taxes provide the remaining 95% of our district's annual operating budget; however, as of 2006, the state mandates that property taxes increases remain capped at 2%.
  • Many fixed and reoccurring costs such as healthcare and special education are rising beyond the 2% cap.
  • County and State officials can and have rejected proposed spending for programs and teachers that exceed the State's standard of an "adequate education" regardless of Summit taxpayers' willingness to support such spending.
  • There are limited additional opportunities for greater cost-efficiency - the district is among the most cost-effective of all high-achieving districts in the state.
Without SEF, the district risks maintaining current standards and falls short on being able to fund many new programs required to prepare 21st century learners.