DATE POSTED: September 14, 2017
This November, our Graham Local Schools will be on the ballot for a one (1) percent earned income tax. The levy is needed to maintain our good schools and provide more resources to our teachers, so that our Graham students do not fall behind. Teachers need resources like up-to-date technology, textbooks and lab materials.
The earned income tax is a tax on earned income only. Earned income is income that you receive from wages, salary, self-employment income, tips and other compensation.
Important to know, however, that is earned income does not include such income as Social Security benefits, pensions and annuities, disability and survivor benefits, welfare benefits, child support, alimony, interest and dividends, IRA distributions, capital gains, profit from rental activities, lottery winnings and worker’s compensation benefits. These sources are not subject to the tax, because they are not considered earned income.
Graham Local Schools operates in a lean manner. During tough times for the community and the district, Graham cut millions of dollars from its budget, eliminating $2.35 million in 2011 and 2012, resulting in 24 lost teachers and other support and administrative staff. The cuts hurt and came with a significant impact. Our test scores declined immediately after those cuts were made from our budget.
With this modest increase, we will be able to maintain our good schools and provide what our teachers and students need. As always, we will continue to be frugal and to stretch every dollar.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office directly. I am glad to answer any questions that you may have.