Park City super corrects citizen's mill levy letter

Thursday, April 23, 2020

This is in response to the letter written by Delores Berry in the April 23 issue of the SCN regarding the upcoming mill levy election.

What would these levies cost?  As noted in the other letter, the elementary levy is to raise $100,000 for our elementary general fund-or operational budget.  To do so, taxpayers would be levied approximately 20.1 mills. That equates to about $27.14 per year on a $100,000 home ($2.26 per month), or $54.27 on a $200,000 home. For the high school we are looking at a $75,000 levy for our general fund-or operational budget- which is approximately 15.11 mills.  

That equates to about $20.40 per year on a $100,000 home ($1.70 per month), or $40.80 per year on a $200,000 home. For an average home of $300,000, the elementary levy would cost about $81.42 per year and the high school levy would cost about $61.20 per year.  That comes out to $11.86 a month. Why does the levy last forever?  Pretty simple. The cost of living doesn't have the tendency to decrease. Also, the Park City school population is 310, not 100, as listed in the other letter.

The school board approves all budgets after they are developed by the superintendent and the clerk. All spending is approved by the board of trustees at their monthly board meetings. The budgets can all be found on the Office of Public Instruction’s website.  No secrets. We absolutely understand the economic impacts of what is happening now, and we are not immune.  

Without these levies we would need to cut upwards of three full time teaching positions, which means larger class sizes, more classroom management issues, and less individual teacher time with students.  We would not be able to replace textbooks. We would not be able to purchase many of our school supplies.  We would not be able to fund field trips. Our levy requests have been explored and thought out by our board of trustees.  They have done their best to balance what is best for students and the community by deciding on the levies that have been put forth for a vote. Thank you for your consideration.

Dan Grabowska

Park City Schools Superintendent