Salisbury School Levy Gets Another Chance
The town of Salisbury voted against a school levy in February, and the school cut more than $100,000. Now, the school is fighting to keep its place.
Panther paws line the streets of Salisbury, a town with pride for its school.
"There's so many advantages to living in a small town, not only with the school system being high in performance," said Tom Burkhart, Salisbury resident.
Burkhart has another reason for pride in his town. His job is to make sure Salisbury residents are paying the lowest rate possible for their utilities.
"Overall, the whole combination, the city of Salisbury is the lowest utilities city owned, municipal utilities in the entire area," said Burkhart.
But despite this low cost of living, residents voted against a levy to increase funding for their school.
"People don't like to pay more taxes, I don't like to pay more taxes, so that's probably part of it," said Todd Willhite, Superintendent.
Burkhart voted for the increase, even though his kids won't see the advantage for some time.
"My wife teaches in Moberly, and its easier for us at this time to take them to school and pick them up from that location," said Burkhart.
So now the school is trying it again by pushing for a levy in June. If it doesn't pass, the cuts may be long lasting.
"Anything that we cut from here on is going to be detrimental, it's going to be programs, its going to be things that really hurt kids," said Willhite.
"I think overall people are pretty concerned with some of the cuts that are going to be made," said Burkhart.
While Salisbury residents haven't voted for the schools, they still have their pride.
"I think the city of Salisbury, and the businesses, visitors, residents, everybody is behind the Salisbury panthers and always will be," said Burkhart.
Some charge the school district of not informing the public of how the money will be spent. Salisbury residents will have another chance to vote on the levy in June. If it does not pass, then the school district will cut an additional $100,000 from next year's budget.