Members of the local Citizens for Education group, an organization of citizens in the area fighting for better school funding was present at Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting. The group watched as the Taylorville School Board voted unanimously on a series of budget cuts the district would have to make should a local tax referendum not pass in the April 4th election. The school hasn’t received the funding they anticipated from the state, leaving the school asking the local community for their help in making up for the state’s lack of funding.
Lee Mateer, an educator at Taylorville Schools, and member of Citizens for Education said it’s easy to be discouraged by the proposed cuts, however he’s keeping a positive attitude.
Meteer said Taylorville has always been a community that helps those in need, and the tax referendum is simply another opportunity for the citizens of Taylorville to help each other.
If passed, the referendum would raise property taxes in Taylorville by 85 cents per $100. It’s estimated that the referendum would raise nearly $2.5 million in revenue for Taylorville Schools.