Davis recommended the district not be a part of what is being called a County School Financing District, and board members agreed.
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Board member Michael Crowder said the money would be allocated on a per-pupil basis and called it, “a bad deal for Talawanda.”
Talawanda would need a vote from the board to opt in to the proposed tax levy, which is proposed at 1.5 mills for 10 years.
Davis told the board he advises against opting in to the plan because the district is closing the year with a budget surplus which will cover the costs of the additional school resource officers and social workers.
He said being a part of asking district taxpayers for the money with that surplus would raise questions about the need and raise more questions down the road when the district needs to ask voters for more money to operate.
“… how/why would we ask our taxpayers to open their wallets given our financial strength? That’s seems like a tough sell and would raise questions. Then what happens when we really need operating monies down the road?” he wrote in an e-mail to the board May 17.
Distribution of the funds, which would be on a per pupil basis, is another concern, he told the board in that same e-mail.
“… the monies collected from our taxpayers would benefit other districts. That’s nonsense!,” Davis wrote.
Chris Brown president of the Butler County Educational Service Center, said the levy money would not be based per student, but “would be based on valuation of the district.”
“The millage collected from each district would be returned dollar for dollar,” he told the Journal-News.