Posen Schools to host 2nd Fall Festival fundraiser

POSEN – On Sunday, Posen Consolidated Schools will host a fundraiser festival to buy new academic materials. The district also is looking for community support to renew its operating millage.

Ken Wozniak, board of education president, said the Posen Citizens Academic Council is having its second annual Fall Festival from 3-6 p.m. This local group holds a variety of events throughout the year to raise money for the district, and its generosity already has helped buy new textbooks for the entire school.

“They just bought some new (books), and they hope to go on to another one of the core subjects and get the books again,” he said. “They do a great job. It’s one of the ways that people in the area are helping finance the school, basically.”

The festival includes a chili cookoff and pie bake-off, according to the district website. There will be fall-themed family activities, including caramel apple decorating and a haunted house, among others. Gift basket and 50-50 raffles are planned, and the council is selling 200 tickets for the Cow Pie Classic. Tickets are available at the school and in Posen businesses.

It’s $5 to enter the pie bake-off and $10 for the chili contest, according to the website. For more information, call Carrie Sobeck at 766-2308 or visit www.posenschools.com.

Wozniak and other district officials also hope the community will renew its operating millage. On November’s ballot is an 18.6-mill, five-year levy on non-homestead properties. Ballot language indicates it’s 0.6 mills higher than the previous millage.

At Monday’s board of education meeting, which Wozniak couldn’t attend, Superintendent John Palmer told trustees he wants the public to know this is not a new tax. It’s a renewal of one that has kept Posen’s doors open.

Wozniak said the money is even more important should the state cut its per-pupil student funding in the future. Federal school funding also has been cut in recent years. The levy amount changes according to state law limiting how much a local unit can tax its residents.

“If we can continue to keep a somewhat steady tax base coming in, it helps out tremendously,” he said. “This is a good, solid base for being able to plan ahead of time, at least to some extent.”

The millage equates to $930 for a property with $50,000 in taxable value, and wouldn’t be levied on properties counted as a district taxpayer’s primary residence or on qualified agricultural lands. It would bring in around $832,482.34 in its first year, according to ballot language.

For the current fiscal year, Posen has expenditures of $2,111,073 in its budget as adopted in June. If these stay flat for the next fiscal year, the renewed operating millage would cover around 39 percent of district expenses.

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