Many of you have recently read letters to the editor, emails and a variety of other communications that castigate the School Town of Munster for having an election on Tuesday, asking the constituency for a 19.9 cents levy for its schools. However, this year’s School Town of Munster tax rate went down. Therefore, the impact of passing the 19.9 cents referendum tax, compared to last year’s rate, will be only a little over a penny (1.25 cents) for the taxpayer.
Comments have been made that the school system has not been financially responsible. The truth is that we, like many schools, have been forced into a referendum. In fact, since 2008, 80 schools have proposed referenda questions on ballots. Logically speaking, the pattern seems to indicate that there is not sufficient money being provided to many schools today.
Munster does not stand alone facing this problem. Crown Point, Chesterton and Lake Central have had to turn to the electorate with similar requests. This is not a situation where a school system has been irresponsible, but a blatant example of public education being treated with indifference.
- Mary Yorke, School Board member, Munster