We could know by the end of the week if the Erie School District will call on taxpayers to help them out of another financial hole.
That's the word tonight, coming from Erie Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams.
As of right now, the district is facing an $8-$9 million deficit. Under state law, the district can only raise taxes by point 0.49 mills. That increase would mean a property owner with a $100,000 home would pay an extra $49 in taxes.
But, if the state grants them permission, the district could charge even more. It would then be placed on the May primary ballot as a referendum for voters to decide on.
This is the third year in a row that the district has had to deal with a massive deficit. Two years ago, they cut over 300 jobs. Last year, they closed three schools and eliminated even more positions.
According to Dr. Badams, the district is running out of options.
"Our taxpayers are burdened about as much as they can bear right now," said Dr. Badams. "But we've cut jobs, we've closed schools, we're looking at less expensive ways to provide the services we provide, and we're running out of ways to operate more efficiently."
As of now, it is unclear how much more the district will ask Erie residents to pay. But, it could be up to an additional 2 mills.