There is no debating the quality of our schools and the value our schools bring to the community. In a district like Madeira property taxes make up 70% of the district revenue. The district last asked for an increase in taxes five years ago. The district has taken aggressive steps in reducing expenditures, however the loss of state and federal funding has been dramatic. To continue the current programs and services provided to the community of Madeira, the district must seek more revenue from its public or face budget cuts impacting programs and services. Voting for the levy will help keep Madeira Schools’ tradition of excellence going.