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Referendum Information - February 19, 2021

Meridian Community,

As I have shared previously, the Board of Education has approved my recommendation to seek to extend the current Education referendum permanently. The question on the ballot is essentially the same as the question that was on the November 2020 ballot. Thus, much of the factual information that I can provide is the same as it was at the beginning of this year. 

Additionally, the feedback we received from the community was relatively uniform that the information being sent was too dense and needed to be more direct. Thus, each Friday when I send a referendum-related email I will focus on trying to communicate a key point less than 500 words of text AND I will include the ballot wording at the close of each email as it can be quite confusing.  

The key point I want to convey in this email is about how and where you can find communication and information on the referendum. First and foremost, you can always reach out directly to me at pcaposey@mail.meridian223.org for additional information. Next, the district website has a significant amount of information on the referendum available at: http://bit.ly/M223referendum

I will also host a Facebook Live Town Hall meeting from 4 to 5pm every Wednesday in March (with the exception of March 31) on the MCUSD Facebook page. In addition, on Saturday March 6th I will have a face-to-face town hall meeting (all COVID mitigations enforced) at 9am at the Stillman Valley Fire Department, 11am at the Monroe Center Fire Department, and 1pm at the Davis Junction Fire Department. 

I look forward to sharing as much information with you as possible so that you can make the decision that is best for you and your family. 

Sincerely, 

PJ Caposey

 

BALLOT LANGUAGE

Shall the maximum annual tax rate for educational purposes for Meridian Community Unit School District Number 223, Ogle and Winnebago Counties, Illinois, be established at 3.48 percent upon all the taxable property of said School District at the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for levy year 2021 and the years thereafter, instead of 2.78 percent, the maximum rate otherwise applicable to the taxes to be extended in said years for said purposes?

(a)       The approximate amount of taxes extendable for educational purposes under the maximum rate now in force in said School District is $6,686,863.

(b)       The approximate amount of taxes extendable for educational purposes under the proposed increased rate is $6,686,863.

(c)       The total dollar amount of the most recently approved annual budget of said School District is $21,230,109; the total dollar amount of said annual budget, if increased by the amount of additional tax which may be levied if the proposition is approved, is $21,230,109; the percentage of increase in the total dollar amount of the most recently approved annual budget of said School District, if such total dollar amount were increased by the amount of additional tax which may be levied if the proposition is approved, is 0 percent.

(d)       The percentage of increase between the maximum rate at which such taxes for educational purposes may be levied if the proposition is approved and the annual rate at which such taxes for educational purposes is currently levied is 0 percent.