There is an Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Renewal Levy in a special election coming up on February 9th, 2021 ballots. For most schools this levy is a renewal which expires in 2021. Schools currently use their EP&O Levy funds for many different learning programs and activities outside of state-funded basic education, including but not limited to programs in their community like:
- Career and Technical Education
- STEM Classes
- Smaller Class Sizes
- Elementary Specialists
- College in the High School
- Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
- Performing Arts
- Student Clubs
- Work Based Learning Technology
Deer Park and Riverside School districts are looking to keep tax rates flat and squeeze out every bit of value from local tax dollars to provide the greatest impact for kids. Schools are also looking to maximize funds by using how school levies also activate equalization dollars from the state called Local Effort Assistance (LEA). When a levy is passed, the state provides matching dollars to enhance student access to educational programs and activities.
Please note that this will not change or increase current tax rates. If this levy is approved for renewal, there will be no change in rates.
For more information on February 9th, 2021 Special Election go to: DPGazette.com/voteguide2921
For more information about how to register to vote go to: DPGazette.com/reg2vote
Remember to get out and vote on February 9th
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