We all know that the cost of schooling the children is going up in Raleigh, but we have not learned what that is going to cost us until now. WakePol does a breakdown of the increases in taxes that the different plans would cost us here. His conclusion is that the difference in having yearround schools for all students versus only for a small fraction is 3.9 cents for every $100 of assessed property value:
According to county estimates reported today, keeping most students on traditional calendars is 3.9 cents more expensive than making all elementary and middle schools year-round.
The estimates are the first time that anyone has put an actual dollar figure on the savings from switching to year-rounds.
Under three alternatives for school spending discussed Wednesday, the tax increase associated with a school bond would be 7.2 cents, 9.6 cents or 11.1 cents per $100 of assessed value.
So for a middle-income house in Raleigh ($350,000), the owners will pay almost an additional $137 per year if the schools do not go to yearround schools. A lot of money just to save the summer vacation.