To the editor:
On November 6, registered voters in District 88 will have the opportunity to make an important choice about the future of our community. They will choose by voting "yes" or "no" to the referendum revenue authorization proposed by the School Board of District 88.
We are writing on behalf of our Citizen Steering Committee, organized to help inform people about how the referendum will impact our community. We are in the process of developing an informational campaign to address a range of important aspects on this topic. In the meantime, here is a brief summary of what it is and why it's needed.
The proposed referendum, if approved by voters, would increase the ISD 88 general education revenue by $575 per pupil, adjusted annually by the rate of inflation for 10 years.
The need for increased funding is the result of insufficient state formula funding and declining enrollment, along with significant increase in energy costs and health insurance premium costs. There have also been delays in state aid payments resulting in cash flow shortages.
Most urgently, this issue is about maintaining the quality of education for our children as they would be among the first to suffer the consequences of inadequate funding. But it doesn't stop there. Quality of schools is a primary consideration for people making decisions about moving to or staying in a particular community. When more people decide to come to or stay in New Ulm, it's an economic and quality of life advantage for us all: individuals and families, young people and seniors, business and employees.
We look forward to sharing information about the referendum and how its impact on our schools will affect our children and our community. And we need your help.
If you've already decided to support this issue, consider helping us with some volunteer time and/or financial contribution to help cover the costs of our informational campaign. And remember to vote on November 6.
If you're undecided about this issue, we welcome your questions and concerns. Our goal is to provide thorough, fact-based information so it's important for us to know what people are wondering about.
The steering committee names are listed below so please contact us to learn more about the referendum, or to donate your time or money to our informational campaign. An informational meeting will be held on Monday Oct. 29 starting at 7 p.m. in the Board Room on the second floor of the District Administrative Center. You may also visit us on the Internet at www.isd88voteyes.org. Thank you!!