The vote followed a presentation by Superintendent Billy Smith and Treasurer Nancy Lane outlining proposed reductions to offset the financial challenges the District will face in the future. Those proposed cuts include staff, program, and service reductions for a total estimated cost savings of $2 million. The Board then approved a resolution adopting a Statement of Facts and directing the superintendent and treasurer to implement reductions if the levy fails.
In February 2023, the District presented $4.3 million in cost-cutting measures over a three-year period to the Board.
If the operating levy passes, the proceeds will be used to pay for day-to-day expenses – salaries, benefits, utilities, supplies/materials, transportation, and programming. The passage of the 6.9-mill levy will allow the District to substantially maintain the current programming and services for the Fairfield City School District through June 30, 2029. The last operating levy, approved by district voters in 2011, was for 6.5 mills. That levy was projected to last 2-3 years but has sustained the District for 12 years.
The District encourages the community to stay informed about the upcoming ballot issue. Board of Education meetings are videotaped and available for public viewing at the link www.TVFairfield.com.