Editor's Note: The following is a letter submitted to Richfield Patch.
To the Editor,
On November 6, Richfield voters will have a wonderful opportunity to reaffirm what kind of community we are. On that day, voters will be presented with two important questions: 1) To renew a voter-approved school operating levy that is expiring (with no resulting tax increase), and 2) To increase school funding by $60 per student(a monthly tax increase of only $1.33 per month for the average Richfield homeowner). Why is this important? Consider the facts:
- Without the renewal, $3.7 million will be cut annually from the Richfield School’s operating budget.
- Over the last ten years, the Richfield School District has already had to reduce its budget by $10 million.
- Without the renewal, class sizes will increase and the district will be forced to reduce and/or eliminate programs that support reading and literacy, transportation, and college prep.
- With the renewal and increase, the district would be able to maintain class sizes in targeted grades, and forestall future cutbacks.
But beyond the facts and figures, a YES vote on these questions sends a strong message that Richfield continues to value education, its children, and its future. Help make this happen by getting a YES FOR SCHOOLS ribbon (contact me at 612-798-0454) and proudly display it in your yard. Spread the word that our kids and our community deserve to have adequately funded schools. Finally, show up on November 6 and VOTE YES. The kids won’t be the only winners – strong schools are a community asset and are the foundation of our solid property values.
Chairman of Richfield Citizens for a Quality Community (CQC).
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