The Osceola School Board on Jan. 9 approved a resolution to ask voters for increased operations funding in the spring election. If approved, the first increase would go into effect next school year.
The district is requesting a non-recurring, stepped increase as follows:
$1.5 million for the 2019-2020 school year.
$1.75 million for 2020-2021.
$2.25 million for 2021-2022.
$2.75 million for 2022-2023.
In its final year, the increase is about $1 million less than the district asked for in 2017, a request voters rejected. The 2017 request started at $950,000 in fall 2017, increasing over the course of four years to reach $3.8 million.
That increase would have been recurring, or permanent. The 2019 request is non-recurring, allowing voters to reassess their position in a future election.
School district residents will vote to approve or reject the increase in April 2.