2. NOT accepting this tax increase means the district is leaving approximately $2.3 million dollars on the table that the state would “equalize” for our part in seeking this funding. Those funds alone pay for several of the large ticket items listed above.
3. This is a feasible increase; for a homeowner whose home value is $100,000, this represents an increase of only $58/year; or $4.83 per month.
4. There are many state level issues that are or will be affecting our financial position - all unfunded - that districts state-wide are currently carrying the burden for or will be in the near future.
5. The Board of Education has not taken the 4% tax increase in the past five years; this equates to over $2.5 million dollars. Failure to pass this tax levy will result in the board administering higher taxes in the future which are not recallable.
So I ask you - on behalf of the entire Newport school system - please do not sign the petition if you are asked. Losing this funding at this critical juncture, when our facilities are in dire need of attention and improvements, will only force us to remain static or even take a step back at a time of great momentum and progress in our district. Kelly E. Middleton
Click here to hear the audio interview of Superintendent Middleton by RCN reporter Michael Monks.