SOUTH RANGE School board votes to put levy on ballot

Voters rebuked a larger levy request in March.
GREENFORD -- The South Range Board of Education is once again asking residents to vote for an emergency levy to help cover the costs of general operating expenses.
The school board, at its regular monthly meeting Monday, voted to proceed with its plans to include the proposed 5.9-mill emergency levy on the November general election ballot.
School officials said without the money the levy would generate, the district could be forced to cut programs and make other drastic changes.
"But I'm hoping, for the sake of our students, that won't have to happen," said Jim Hall, schools superintendent.
The levy would generate about $793,000, and is one mill lower than the school district originally had proposed.
In the March primary, the district asked residents to approve a 6.9-mill emergency levy, but voters defeated that measure.
Cutting expenses
School administrators said they are hoping those same residents would reconsider voting for the new, lower levy.
"Basically, we were able to cut one mill off the levy because we cut expenses as much as we could to save money," said Jim Phillips, district treasurer. "We're hoping residents will see that and consider [approving] the lower levy."
One mill generates about $130,000. The money would be collected and used in 2005.
"If this levy doesn't pass, we won't be OK," Hall said. "We then would not be able to try to pass another levy until spring 2005. And that money would not be available until 2006. If that were to happen, we would be in even more financial distress."
And, he added, the school board would have to ask for even more money.
"I am hopeful that our citizens will pull through and see that this money is needed," Hall said. "If this levy doesn't pass, we'll have to cut programs that have taken a lot of time and work to build. I am hoping our kids are spared that."

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