With the public information meeting coming up on March 20, Terry Minix, President of the Oregon-Davis Education Political Action Committee, wants the public to have an idea of what to expect at the meeting.
Minix says the meeting aims to explain the impact of the proposed tax levy and give the public an idea of what they can expect in terms of cost if taxes were to be raised. One crucial point Minix feels needs to be stressed is that if the referendum does not pass, the school will not close, but will instead merge with another local corporation.
This possible merger would mean taxes would likely increase anyway, as when the school merges with another corporation, the community would assume the tax rate of that corporation. Since Oregon-Davis Schools are currently one of the lowest-taxing schools in the area, taxpayers would likely endure a tax increase regardless of the referendum not being passed.
At the meeting, Minix says the tax rates of other local corporations will be discussed to give the audience an idea of what they can expect to happen if the referendum does not pass. Also, the meeting will explain the school’s importance and vitality in its community.
Minix explained that with the average price of a home in the Oregon-Davis area being $75,000 – $80,000, taxpayers could expect to see an increase of less than $30 per year– or less than the cost of an extra lunch meal per month. The meeting will explain in detail what the $0.11 increase would equate to in terms of taxes, so be sure to attend the meeting at the Oregon-Davis School at 6 p.m.