Nancy Welu, treasurer of the levy committee, said the cost to the owner of a $100,000 home would be $17.35 a month ($104.10 a half or $208.20 a year). Senior citizens who have applied for the homestead exemption would pay less; $25,000 of their home’s assessed value would not be included in the tax.
The purpose of the levy is to balance the district’s budget, to maintain staff and supplies to provide a quality education and provide opportunities for North Fork students to make them competitive in the job market. The money generated by the levy will allow the district to cover the projected state funding cuts through fiscal year 2013.
State Rep. Jay Hottinger reported those projected state funding cuts are likely to cost North Fork $1,915,566 to $2,537,898.
Welu said the district has already cut at least $1.3 million from its budget. It has reduced staff by eliminating 35 positions, placed strict controls on spending in all areas, made program changes to save money and suspended bus purchases.
A number of district residents questioned by the News are frustrated that the school board is asking for more money even though a 1 percent school income tax levy was approved in a special election held Feb. 2. Some voters, wishing to speak confidentially, feel that 6.8 mills is a lot to ask for. Taxpayers, while sympathetic to the needs of the district, are concerned that they just cannot afford to pay any more taxes.
For more information about the levy, call 892-3666 or e-mail Redskin@uhs.laca.org.