Salisbury Schools Lose Tax Increase Vote
"The $1.83 is just to keep things going the way they are, so if it doesn't pass, then things are going to have to change, and it's going to hurt kids. That's our fear," Salisbury Schools Superintendent Todd Willhite said.
The $1.83 increase would have generated $660,000 a year. In 2003, a smaller school tax levy was also voted down.
"After that, there were 13 positions cut, as a result of that, so there are people nervous anyway, so that's why we have avoided the discussion of 'what if,'" Whillhite said.
Salisbury teachers are worried about more cuts.
"I understand the other side where people are going to have to pay more money, and I do understand that. They are very passionate in that respect, but I am overall just looking at the kids," said Kathy Harlan, a guidance counselor for Salisbury schools.
"This school goes above and beyond providing such good services for the kids that need it. So, I just explained to them those things, and, you know, those are things they may have to look to cut eventually if the funding isn't there," special education teacher Cara Edmunson said.
Salisbury enrollment is declining, along with its state funding.