These folks represent you – local taxpayers -- and they serve on the ICROC, or Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee, for the millage increase approved by voters last November. Members include (sitting l-r): Jerome Brown, Jim Touchton, Phil Hyde, Ruth LaChance, Chair Nancy Noonan, Michael Holloway; (standing l-r): Henry DeGeneste, Heidi Maier, Jerry Deese, Nick Blaser, Chase Basinger, and Diana Williams. Absent from photo are Rev. Jerome Gamble, Gary Simanson, and Fred Ward.
In the November 2014 general election, 54 percent of Marion County voters APPROVED a one-mill funding referendum benefitting students and teachers in Marion County Public Schools. Actual ballot language read:
APPROVAL OF ADDITIONAL ONE MILL AD VALOREM TAX FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATING EXPENSES.
Shall the Marion County School District’s ad valorem millage be increased by a total of one mill, beginning July 1, 2015 and ending four years later on June 30, 2019, for necessary operating expenses including reading, physical education, art, music, library/media and vocational programs; meeting class size requirements; and retaining State Certified teachers and paraprofessionals with oversight of these expenditures by an independent citizens financial oversight committee?
With this approval and grateful thanks to Marion County voters, the district expects an additional $15.9 million each year for the next four years. What will these funds pay for? Additional teachers, specifically in art, music, physical education, and library media services. Referendum dollars will also help the district meet class size requirements, attract, train, and retain highly-qualified teachers, and help expand vocational programs and services.
As part of its promise, the Marion County School Board established an Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee (ICROC) to ensure the school district spends these tax dollars as promised. The ICROC committee meets throughout the year and reports directly to the Marion County School Board.
Questions regarding ICROC? Please contact Chair Nancy Noonan at email@example.com.