In what can only be described as a “stealth election,” Meridian School District is seeking to take away a scheduled tax break for District patrons in a ballot measure set for Tuesday MArch 3.
The District has failed to even post the election on their website or calendar of events. A disgruntled parent contacted the GUARDIAN asking that we make the election known since it is just a week away.
A $10,000,000 supplemental tax levy is set to expire In June. It was a 2 year levy and barring a NEW TAX, residents would get a tax break. However, District board members are seeking to eliminate that scheduled payoff and continue taxing yet another $10,000,000 with voter approval.
The patron–and the GUARDIAN–find the spin from the District to be accurate, but misleading. They are selling the $10,000,000 as “everything remains the same.” That is true, but it is like reaching the payoff date on a car loan and the car salesman saying, “your family budget will remain the same,” just sign here for another $35,000 in debt.
Truth is, if you own a $200,000 house in the District and the levy fails–you SAVE $116 a year in taxes.
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