SEE helped secure millions of state funding, known as equalization, to reduce the cost of voter-approved school levies in primarily residential school districts and provide property tax relief for local taxpayers. All communities value their local schools and must have access to affordable levy revenue so their students can have the same educational opportunities seen in high-wealth school districts.
In the 2022 legislative session, education advocates can rally around the comprehensive SEE School Levy Tax Relief and Reform Bill to eliminate the glaring inequities in educational opportunities based merely on where a student lives. SEE Executive Director Brad Lundell is currently working directly with legislative staff to draft the wide-ranging legislation to address unfair gaps in education funding and taxpayer effort.
Through a laser focus on affordable local property tax revenue, SEE joined efforts to ensure a stable funding source for school districts to maintain their buildings. Without a dedicated, equalized funding stream to help all districts maintain their facilities, districts were often forced to forego the implementation of instructional improvements at the expense of vital building maintenance. Schools should not have to take money out of the classroom to pay for building maintenance.
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