OCTOBER 17, 2016
HB 76 - PROPERTY TAX INDEPENDENCE ACT
HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE OF REPESENTATIVES
SEE ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK IF THEY CO-SPONSORED
Rep Chris Quinn Has NOT CO-SPONSORED
SB 76 has been introduced and referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
SEE THE "ANNOUNCEMENT" PAGE FOR DETAILS.
HB/SB 76 REMINDER
-Senator Killion, who previously voted for and co-sponsored SB 76, has yet to announce his current position
-Rep Chris Quinn has stated that he "does not feel this bill is the right way to solve the problem"
-Rep Argyle campaigned on support of this bill, only to miss the vote when it first came up
REMEMBER ALL THIS WHEN ELECTION TIME ROLLS AROUND
The RTMTU is a non-partisan group of concerned taxpayers, committed to restoring fiscal responsibility and transparency in the governance of the Rose Tree Media School District. We feel the current governance, if left unchecked, will result in ever increasing property taxes with no commensurate increase in resources directed at the education of the children attending the schools. Our focus is on increasing fiscal responsibility, greater transparency of the school board of directors and a more effective dedication of available resources to the classroom. To accomplish this, we will work towards electing board members who are sensitive to the historic escalation of the budget and the effect on taxpayers; to increase awareness of the boards activities by encouraging increased attendance at board meetings and the broadcast of those meetings on public access channels; and, become a force for influencing state office holders to support legislation that helps achieve our stated mission.
COMMITTED TO RESTORING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE ROSE TREE MEDIA SCHOOL DISTRICT
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ROSE TREE MEDIA TAXPAYERS UNITED
If you are as concerned about this situation as we are, we welcome you to join our group and share your ideas, thoughts and information. We will NOT share any personal information you provide to us with ANYONE.
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The RTM School Board has now basically run out of funds and is now in a serious situation. They have burned through their "contingency reserve", which they have tapped into over years past, to minimize tax increases. They are now faced with a grave situation as to how to cover their 2017-2018 budget. With a proposed tax increase 0f 3.5%, they still face a $7.2 million shortfall. In response, they have developed a "citizen committee" to make recommendations as to how to solve THEIR problem. The committee makeup is heavily weighted towards folks who "have a dog in the fight", i.e. teachers, parents, alumni, etc. The committee is desperately short of demographic representation of the 70% of taxpayers who do not utilize the school system. They will be holding a series of public forums to gather information on how to solve this problem. The bulk of the budget, about 70+%, goes towards salaries and benefits but the school District has made it clear that due to existing contracts, these items "are off the table". Without touching these items, it will be very difficult to solve this problem by pairing down the balance of the budget without sacrificing the students needs. The alternate solution is a "one time" tax increase of 7%, which require approval via referendum. In addition, without discussing future budgets and how to solve the outer problems, this exercise could prove futile and amount to "kicking the can down the road".