There has never been a more important time to be fiscally responsible as a school district.

There has never been a more important time to be fiscally responsible as a school district.

As treasurer of Hilliard City Schools, I've worked hard to make sure the district is run as efficiently as possible. Whether it's saving $3 million over the course of two years by making changes to our health insurance and wellness plan, or cutting $200,000 a year by contracting out substitute teaching services -- the latter allows us to avoid issues with the Affordable Care Act and other regulations -- we have proven capable when it comes to still offering a great education at a lower price.

Despite these efforts, and others, we have also seen decreases in funding from the tangible personal property-tax reimbursement, meaning the state will provide us hopefully with the same money per student as it did in the previous budget cycle.

Speaking as a parent residing in school district, as well as the treasurer, I am committed to not only operate in a frugal manner, but to do so in a transparent way that shows we are keeping our commitment to the community.

Keeping promises to taxpayers is a huge part of what we do in order to reflect the high expectations to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.

In fact, in 2011 when residents approved a permanent operating levy for day-to-day operations, the school board committed to asking for only what was absolutely needed and to making that request last for three years.

I am proud that not only did our schools make good on that promise, but we were even able to stretch it to last two years beyond that for a total of five years.

Now, our schools are facing the need to secure operating dollars for the three years ahead.

Since the last levy was approved, we now have 636 additional students that we must plan for both operationally and facility-wise.

That's why with the Nov. 8 election, voters in our school district will see a ballot issue for our schools.

In fact, the ballot issue is at the lowest millage request possible (the lowest in 30 years) and it will protect the quality of education and investment in our buildings and facilities.

Once again, our schools are only asking for what we absolutely need going forward. Without the levy, the stakes are high and we face the elimination of 60 teachers and staff.

It is my privilege to serve as your treasurer. I find it increasingly gratifying to be a part of the community as a resident and employee of Hilliard City Schools, where quality and efficiency go hand in hand.

Brian Wilson is treasurer for Hilliard City Schools. The Hilliard Schools Connection column is provided each month to ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News by the school district. Read more about the Hilliard schools on the Get Connected blog at www.hilliardschools.org/category/get-connected/.