Editor’s note: In preparation for the Aug. 2 special election on which the Sidney City Schools has placed a permanent improvement levy, the Sidney Daily News will publish a weekly question dealing with the levy and what it means to the district. The questions and answers have been provided by the PI levy committee.
SIDNEY — On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, Sidney City Schools will be asking voters to approve a 3.0 mill permanent improvement (PI) levy for 5 years to maintain current facilities and equipment. Sidney City Schools strive to educate all students to achieve academic excellence, be responsible citizens, and become prepared for further education and productive future employment. A significant contribution to a student’s success is a quality learning environment. Ensuring a quality learning environment requires building maintenance, security enhancements, transportation upgrades, and technology and textbook upgrades.
By maintaining our current buildings, most built in the early-1950’s and early-1960’s, the district is able to continue to provide quality learning environments without asking voters to fund new schools.
As a result of the absence of a PI levy, which expired 2009, PI expenses have been funded through the general fund. Since 2012, $1,450,000 has been transferred from the general fund to cover specific PI expenses. Pending and known PI expenses over the next five years average $1.18 million per year and include things such as bus purchases, boiler replacements, roof repairs, etc. Through solid financial decisions and reduced costs in key areas, the district has a positive cash balance, however, it is imperative that we reestablish a permanent improvement levy.
More information and answers to other questions about the PI levy can be found on Citizens for Sidney Schools website at www.sidneyschoolslevy.org.