Residents living within the Ellsworth School District will be heading to the polls November 5 to vote on a new operating levy referendum. The current levy was passed by voters in 2010 but because of the decrease in student numbers and as John Widvy, financial consultant for the Ellsworth School District commented “Our costs continue to rise as it has with every business. We are asking our voters to help stabilize the decline in our reserves.” The reserves have declined about $300,000 since 2004. These reserves are used to pay for salaries, diesel, gas and general operating expenses. Ellsworth school could be forced to cut some student programs and school personnel if reserves continue to decrease. Widvy states “it is a challenge right now to meet student needs and keep programs in place.”
The district is looking to voters to approve a $705 per student increase. The only thing residents are taxed on is their residence plus one acre. Agland is exempt so farmers will not carry the extra burden on their farmland.
Polls will be open at the Ellsworth School on November 5 from 4 to 8:00 p.m. at the elementary library. Make your voice heard come out and vote.