SHELBY -- Shelby City Schools are headed to the election ballot on Nov. 2 with a levy renewal.
In a video posted on the district's website and social media, Shelby City Schools Treasurer Beth Lykins recently explained the renewal levy.
“On Nov. 2, you will see a zero tax increase emergency renewal levy on the ballot that represents approximately 5% of the district's yearly operating budget,” she said.
“Passage of this renewal levy would provide a stable funding source for our day-to-day operations, which include teachers, utilities, busing and supplies,” Mrs. Lykins said in her video remarks.
“In Shelby, we believe in making sound financial choices and providing an excellent educational experience at a good value,” Mrs. Lykins said.
“This levy would allow us to effectively plan for the future and buffer against costs that are out of our control,” she stated. “Failure of this renewal levy would place the district closer to a financial funding cliff in the future.”
Mrs. Lykins noted that “it is important to note” that Shelby schools are not using the renewal funds for the new pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school under construction or for the future $4 million Shelby Whippets athletic complex.
“The district is allocating the Rover Pipeline tax payments to these construction projects,” she said.
We invite you to watch Beth Lykins, Treasurer of Shelby City Schools, share more about the zero tax increase emergency renewal levy on the ballot November 2. Visit ➡️ https://t.co/kiW4fW85QZ to learn more! #WhippetPride #WhippetStrong pic.twitter.com/9aHpCT6Urx— Shelby City Schools (@shelbywhippets) September 29, 2021
Shelby Schools Superintendent Tim Tarvin issued a video message, too, which was available on the district's Facebook page and Twitter.
"It's not a new tax," he said. "It's not an increase in taxes. It's a renewal of a tax that people in Shelby have been paying since 1987."
The renewal levy, Tarvin said, keeps Shelby schools "well away" from a "financial cliff" that would involve going on the election ballot "for what everybody knows as new money."
The renewal levy money "is an integral part of our operating budget on a daily and yearly basis," Tarvin emphasized in other comments.
When the school board on June 21 adopted a resolution declaring its intent to move forward with renewal, Tarvin also emphasized that the renewal levy provides funds for school district operations and has "nothing to do with" the pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school that's being built or the Whippets athletic facility that is to open in 2023.
"Not one penny of this tax levy, this renewal levy goes toward either one of those projects nor will it," Tarvin said.
We invite you to watch Superintendent Tim Tarvin share more about the zero tax increase emergency renewal levy on the November 2 ballot. To learn more about the levy, visit ➡️ https://t.co/GRMxmdEi2t. #WhippetPride #WhippetStrong pic.twitter.com/cGxTj4jGrE— Shelby City Schools (@shelbywhippets) September 14, 2021