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BELOIT – Residents of the local West Branch School District are urged to support increased safety and security measures, technological offerings of early childhood opportunities, and mental health services for all students.

Residents will see an earned income tax of 0.5% for five years in the November ballot. It will generate about $1.3 million per year and will come into effect on January 1 if approved.

Labor income tax includes wages, salaries, tips and other remuneration of employees, as well as net income from self-employment.

According to Superintendent of Schools Micki Egli, the tax will directly affect students in a variety of ways.

She said the funds will be used “To improve safety and security in all buildings, to increase career technology offerings, to continue to provide exceptional early childhood opportunities to district residents, and to provide additional mental health services to all students. .”

According to information posted on wblevy2022.com, the levy will help with safety by providing funds for updated video security systems, visitor management and access control in each building, an on-time school resource officer full in each building and priority items such as film security window in all entrances, bus tracking system, increased outdoor lighting and improved communication in the buildings with upgrades to public address systems and radios to digital platforms.

The district recently received $192,000 in state grants for security measures, but Egli noted at the time that the money could only be spent on physical security upgrades. She said the grant alleviates a very small part of the safety and security needs.

“There are many additional items that need to be purchased and refurbished that the security grant does not cover,” she says.

For career technology, class offerings will grow. Industrial Maintenance begins in the 2023-2024 school year and other programs being considered include HT/AC, Electrical, Landscaping, and Building Construction trades. Additional Career Technology courses will be for students who do not plan to go to college, so they will be well equipped to enter the job market.

With the levy, the district will be able to fire a full-time social worker in the first year for the entire district. Additional funds will help meet the increased mental health needs of students. Over the past two years, the workload of guidance counselors has doubled in each building.

The levy funds will also help the district address early childhood opportunities through the reopening of Knox Elementary. Since September, with monetary assistance from community members, the building, which was closed in the fall of 2020 due to declining enrollment, has been used for the district’s preschool program. A local daycare center also rents space in the building. If the tax is approved, Career Technology programs will also be housed in the Knox building.

Additionally, if the levy is approved by voters, payment to participate in extracurricular activities will be stopped. Currently, there is a maximum of $200 per student and $400 per family for students to participate in extracurricular activities such as athletics, clubs, drama, and music.

The district held a series of community forums to discuss the tax. Egli encouraged anyone with questions to attend the latest at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Goshen Township Administration Building.

Additional royalty information is available at wblevy2022.com.




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