McDonald board places renewal levy on May 7 ballot

By Mary R. Smith


The McDonald board of education Monday approved placing the renewal of a 3.8-mill, five-year emergency levy on the May 7 ballot.

If passed, the issue would generate $200,147 a year.

The millage amount of the issue was reduced from 4 mills, the amount originally approved by voters Nov. 6, 2007, as an emergency measure for five years to avoid a deficit.

The district will stop receiving income from the 2007 issue after 2013.

The levy is one of three emergency levies approved by voters which also include a 5.1-mill five-year emergency levy to generate $260,000 approved in November 2009 and a 10.75-mill levy to generate $580,000, passed in May 2011.

The 2011 levy was reduced to collection of 7.25 mills for $389,000 as a five-year emergency levy after the district learned it would be receiving more state funding and have more reduced expenses than originally anticipated.

The board also voted to increase the purchasing limit permitted without board action to the previous $9,999, after it had been reduced to $4,999 while the district was in state fiscal emergency status.

This will allow payment of bills without the board being required to meet extra times during the month for bills that are frequently over the $4,999 limit, schools treasurer Bill Johnson said.

Board members receive a complete accounting of bills being paid monthly, Johnson noted.

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