The Deseret News featured Senate Bill 87, sponsored by Senator Gene Davis of Salt Lake County, in an article Tuesday, January 26, 2010.
SB 87 calls for the end of taking local school taxes and giving them to another district in Salt Lake County. Senator Davis’ Senate District currently represents 4 out of the 5 school districts in Salt Lake County. The equalization bill that was passed a few years ago has taken much needed money away from schools who need it the most. While Jordan School District has continued growth and expenses, the other districts here in Salt Lake County need the money in order to keep schools safe and up-to-date. Salt Lake City School District alone lost $6.6 million to the new Jordan School District.
The debate on equalization of school funding is not over. We need a statewide solution to improve the overall value of education in our state. Senator Davis is building consensus on how to achieve this end.