I attended Fargo Public Schools from Kindergarten through High School as did my husband for most of his formative years. Had we stayed in the area and raised our two sons here, we would have been proud to have them do the same. Although we now live on the MN side of the river, we are proponents of strong public education everywhere. On March 7th, a “YES” from voters in Fargo will help that effort.
A former high school class mate posted this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was such a great explanation of this important issue that it should be shard and she was gracious enough to invite anyone to do just that. The author, Meg Spielman Peldo has served on the Fargo School Board, which we all know is a really tough job and is very dedicated to keeping Fargo Public Schools great!
I hope all my friends, family and clients who live in Fargo will educate themselves and be ready to VOTE! You can find more information by following this link http://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/1652
As a former School Board member, I’ve been asked frequently about the Fargo Public Schools vote to keep the mil levy at the current level of 127 and why we need to pass this by voting YES. This is an overly simplistic explanation because school funding has multiple sources, but property taxes are a major factor.
The State Legislature froze our school funding from property tax at the current DOLLAR amount, not the current mil levy. (Everyone knows how a frozen income forever would impact your personal finances)
What that means for FPS is when new businesses locate here or new homes or apartments are built and our city grows (and brings more students) the school district will never get $1 more in property taxes. (The City and Parks will get increases and are not frozen)
That makes it difficult to give any teachers raises without cutting something else, hard to pay increased utilities and maintenance costs without cutting something, no way to keep up with new technology without cutting something else.
A YES vote means that the mil levy will remain the same, but when the tax base of our city increases, we will get an increase in funding to keep our education system healthy.
Educating our youth is the most important thing we as a community can do for our future. I want educated and innovative people living, working and running Fargo into the future.
PLEASE VOTE YES Tuesday, March 7th, 2017!
Meg Spielman Peldo