TVS district to vote on tax renewal

By Kelsey Kimbler -

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Voters in Twin Valley South School District will be voting on an income tax renewal during the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Voting in the affirmative will renew an income tax of 0.75 percent on the school district income of individuals and of estates in the Twin Valley South School District. The tax will be effective on Jan. 1, 2019 and will last for five years.

Superintendent Joe Scholler stressed, this is not a new tax — this tax has been in effect since 2013. Taxes will not increase, but will stay the same.

Treasurer Tearalee Riddlebarger added, this tax will help pay for the operation of the district and will keep them “moving in the same direction.”

“It is for general — current — expenses. It would pay for salaries and curriculum type items. A few big items we have gotten recently that the district has not had in a decade it textbooks. We’ve gotten new textbooks the last two years,” she said.

“If this does not pass, our budget will get a little tighter to try and keep us through the next few years. We want to try to not go back for new monies any time soon. We’ve been making improvements for the building so we can sustain its viability. We’ve been doing that. We don’t want to go backwards.”

Scholler added, it is important for every person in the district to get out and vote — every vote matters.

“It is no increase in money, that is the biggest thing. They are going to pay what they did last year. It is not a new tax — it is not an increase,” he said.

“We want to keep the district moving in the same direction we’ve been going,” Riddlebarger said. “It is nice to be able to improve the education that the students are receiving — this tax will continue to do that.”

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH