Cambria-Friesland Referendum Detailed On WBEV

(Cambria-Friesland) Voters in the Cambria-Friesland School District will see a referendum question on the spring ballot. The district is seeking to exceed revenue limits by $3.2-million dollars over the next three years. The referendum comes on the heels of a $1.4-million-dollar question voters approved three years ago which is coming to an end.  The funding is needed for operations and buildings maintenance.

Superintendent Tim Raymond says small districts like Cambria-Friesland with stagnant or declining enrollment lose state aid and levying authority. Raymond says the school has worked diligently to keep budgetary numbers stable. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Raymond says the school has had a big impact on the community through fostering business relations and offering childcare services right at the school.

No matter which way the vote turns out, the mill rate is expected to drop. If the question passes, in year one the mill rate would drop 37-cents to $11.90-per thousand dollars of assessed value. If it fails, the mill rate would drop $4.60 to $7.67-per-thousand. If the referendum fails, the district would have to cut $740-thousand dollars from its $5.7-million-dollar budget next year, followed by $70-thousand dollars the following year and $190-thousand in the 2020-2021 school year. If approved, the mill rate projections over three years would be $11.90, $12.06 and $12.54.