JVS levy deserves a ‘yes’ from voters

County voters will see a Jefferson County Joint Vocational School levy on the May 6 ballot.

And while some schools’ names have appeared on many ballots in recent years, including the JVS, that fact in no way lessens the importance of each levy.

The JVS this time is seeking a 0.5-mill renewal levy for operations at the school. It’s a 10-year renewal proposal that would generate about $500,000 annually for current operating expenses, purchasing and replacement of tools, equipment, furnishings and repairs, improving, renovating, expanding or for reconstruction of buildings.

Basically the money is for the school itself and infrastructure, according to Todd Phillipson, superintendent.

While voters may well remember approving a levy in November to fund a new roof and other needed improvements, keep in mind the upcoming levy is a renewal. That means there will be no new taxes.

For a county homeowner with a home valued at approximately $75,000, the cost for the tax renewal would be about $12 a year.

Our county’s JVS has educated approximately 7,000 students since its inception in 1975. The school unquestionably has been a success story in educating students for careers in graphic arts to culinary arts to welding and mechanics.

Voters should know that the JVS – just as other area school districts have done – has cut costs through a reduction in the number of employees, deferred repairs, limits on supply and material purchases and even a suspension of lab equipment, which is a vital part of a job-training school.

We reiterate our region is undergoing a resurgence in blue-collar jobs thanks to a boom in the oil and gas industry. And our JVS is so important in training our young people for this industry.

We urge voters to vote “yes” for the JVS levy on the May 6 ballot.