RIPLEY: Partnership has benefits

Making sacrifices does come with some rewards.

For the Ripley school district, its seventh through 12th-grade students — through a tuition agreement with Chautauqua Lake — receive additional educational courses and programs that would never be available if they were not in Mayville. They also have the chance to meet other students and play a key role on the Chautauqua Lake athletic teams.

Town property owners, according to school board President Robert Bentley, also benefit as property tax levy has decreased about $500,000 in the last year. “The finance team decided we can come out with a zero percent tax rate change despite that,” he said.

In other words, no tax hike.