Hicksville residents face income tax issue for school operating expenses

By LISA NICELY Staff Writer Published:

HICKSVILLE According to a proverb, It takes a village to raise a child. If thats true, it also takes a village to educate one. On March 2, residents in the Hicksville Exempted Village School District will vote on a five-year, 34 percent income tax with revenues earmarked for operating expenses. According to superintendent Kevin Miller, the tax issue marks the first time in 13 years that the board of education has sought additional revenues for operating expenses. The last time was in May 1991. We need this levy to keep our head above the water, said Miller. Schools in 2004 do not look like schools in 1974. Schools have a lot more responsibilities. Schools are called on like never before to meet the needs of all students. We cannot keep operating on the same amount of money used in the 1970s and 1980s.