USD 418 ballots due Tuesday

By Chris Swick
June 18, 2015

A reminder, you have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to return your special ballot asking whether or not the McPherson school district should be allowed to raise the Local Option Budget by three percent.

USD 418 is requesting the hike, from 30 percent to 33 percent, to offset anticipated drops in school funding. The increase is projected to generate approximately $470,000 dollars, which district administration plans to use to ensure that any further programs aren't cut for students.

The district has already slashed spending and staff by $2.8 million.

The same increases were attempted in the Topeka area, with mixed results. Voters in the Topeka school district approved the three percent hike in the LOB, while Auburn-Washburn's attempt was defeated.

Auburn-Washburn spokesperson Martin Weishaar thinks the vote reflects concern about a shift in funding responsibility.

“There are a number of parents and patrons that feel the state's not meeting their obligation,” Weishaar said. “And they didn't want to shift the responsibility to local tax payers.”

McPherson voters should have their ballots in to the McPherson County Clerk's office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.