Shenango Community Survey on School Construction
Dear Registered Voter of Shenango,
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires voter approval through a ballot referendum question when a school district attempts to raise the property tax rate (millage) beyond an established level, referred to as “the index.” The index is set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is the maximum amount a school board can raise taxes in a given year without voter approval. The referendum law requires a “yes or no” vote to the ballot question for any increase beyond the index. In line with those requirements, the recent November 2015 ballot included a referendum question seeking voter approval or rejection for the School District to borrow money toward a capital improvement project and to further define the next generation of public education in Shenango.
On November 3rd, the residents of Shenango Township and South New Castle Borough voted not to approve debt in the sum of $44.5 million for the purpose of building a new elementary school and auxiliary high school gymnasium. As the School Board moves forward with alternative options to address district needs it is vitally important that the community be an active participant in this discussion. Please note that any significant renovation or new construction project requires community support and voter approval using a yes/no referendum question. This survey is designed to better understand the November election outcome and to determine what our community supports moving forward.
The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and your participation in this process is very important to helping determine the next step. Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise and feedback.
Please enter your Survey Code here (found on survey invitation mailing card).
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