Dear Canyon Creek Families, On March 21st the Board of Trustees voted to run a General Fund Mill Levy election for the 2016-2017 school year. This levy is for the amount of $56,510.05. The funds for the General Levy are used to pay all day-to-day expenditures such as salaries, utilities, facility upkeep, student resources (books, desks, paper, etc.) and any maintenance issues that arise on a day-to-day basis. At Canyon Creek we recognize that our tax payers have many taxes to pay, and hold a heavy burden in keeping our district fiscally sound. Please know that the trustees make these decisions with the best interest of your tax burden in mind. It is important to know that we only ask our community for levies when we really need them and that time is now. I think it is also important to know that in the past few years when levies have failed, the district has been very frugal in spending and kept the budget very conservative to make ends meet. Due to last years failure to pass a levy we were forced to implement cuts that have directly affected our students. Some of these cuts include teaching staff which forced the district to overcrowd our intermediate classrooms. We are really in need this year and if we don't see an increase in our 2016-2017 budget we could experience additional cuts that directly impact student success and opportunities.
This year the student enrollment slightly increased our base budget, which helped us. However, even with this increase, the state only gives us a base amount of funding to start with. The amount that they give has never been an appropriate amount to sustain a school, so unfortunately the burden is passed on to the tax payer. With the inflationary increase and the enrollment changes, our district is seeing negative numbers in the budget. We are now asking you to make a decision in regards to what type of opportunities you as a voter want the children of Canyon Creek to have. With your support, we can maintain what we have, but feel that we have district needs that must be met to maintain a quality education for all students. Unfortunately, without this year's levy we will again be forced to make some very difficult decisions for our students education.
I have made the decision to be very direct about the needs of the school, and the importance of this levy, and how it will impact us. As your Superintendent I believe that transparency is important and necessary for your support on these types of decisions. None of us like to pay more taxes, but at the local level we cannot change how the structure of funding schools is developed. Keep in mind that as levies fail, the need increases each year for more funding because the budget can't keep up. If a levy is passed is usually keeps the school fiscally sound for some time. The sooner we get a levy to pass the less tax payers will pay in the future. So we really need to ask ourselves if we want a smaller increase on the taxes now or a much larger increase later on. Either way, that financial need is going to have to be addressed. Please consider supporting the children of Canyon Creek School. They are awesome and inspiring kids that deserve the best education we can give them. If you have questions or would like to discuss this matter, please call or stop in to see me. I am more than happy to try to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Please call 406-656-4471.
Canyon Creek School