What is Proposition E ?
Proposition E is a
referendum on the April ballot that would increase funding
for local schools and ensure both our children and
community’s future by raising the Education Fund tax rate,
for the first time since 1977.
Education Fund tax rate increase for District 7 is necessary
State of Illinois has reduced its funding for District 7 by
$7.0 million annually and District 7 cannot maintain its
tradition of academic excellence at current funding levels.
the funds will stay local allowing District 7 to...
restore financial stability, replace aging textbooks, update
curricula, upgrade technology and failing security systems,
maintain performing arts and athletic programs, eliminate
current operating debt and ensure that our school district
does not lose local control to the State.
address the decline in State funding... District 7 has reduced
operating expenses by $14 million, depleted $9 million in
cash reserves, refinanced debt, issued working cash bonds,
implemented salary freezes and eliminated 101 positions.
has changed a lot since 1977, the last time the Education
Fund tax rate was increased. Technology, security,
unfunded mandates, and student health services, along with
inflation have raised the cost of education significantly in
the last 39 years.
current tax rate is $4.22 and would increase to $4.77 if
Prop E passes. Currently
District 7’s rate of $4.22 is the second lowest of all
school districts in Madison County and would continue to
remain one of the lowest if Prop E passes.
see the Summary of the District's Financial Stability
and the Frequently Asked Questions for more