October 31, 2017 11:35 AM
(ABC 6 News) - It’s a controversial proposal. Triton Public School is looking to increase its operating levy by just under $1 million. If the referendum is passed, Dodge County homeowners within the Triton School District can expect a rise in their property taxes.
“On an average medium house value in our community that's about 50 cents per day,” says Triton Public School Superintendent, Brett Joyce. “That's what we would be asking the taxpayers.”
For agricultural properties, the taxes will be based on just the house, garage and surround one acre of land. Joyce says the school is trying to keep up with rising costs. “The board has no plans to expand any current programs. What we want to do is keep what we have. So basically it is just funding the status quo; with the same number of staff members. We don't want to have to cut our staff and we don't want to have to cut our programs.”
Joyce blames the need for the State, saying it is not funding schools appropriately. “Over the years of the State funding 2% when our costs are going up 3%, it's difficult to make the numbers work.”
Some Dodge County residents are opposed to the proposed increase but declined to go on camera.
One homeowner says he will be voting in favor. “I think it's a good thing,” says Bill Thiemann. “We need to educate our young people and I think it is very important. Our taxes are down as far as the school and we need to give them enough money to do that [fund education].”
Early voting is underway Monday through Friday at the District Office. On Election Day; which is November 7th, Dodge County residents within the Triton School District are invited to fill out a ballot at the Triton High School Media Center.
Updated: October 31, 2017 11:35 AM
Created: October 30, 2017 07:16 PM
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