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Liberty school board OKs levies for ballot

Published: 1/11/14 @ 12:02


By jeanne starmack

starmack@vindy.com

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The Liberty school board has not decided whether it will ask voters for a new tax, but it agreed to place two renewal levies on the May ballot.

Schools Superintendent Stan Watson said the board agreed to do so at its meeting this week.

One is a 3.65-mill general operations levy, and the other is a 0.9-mill capital improvements levy.

The operations levy costs the average taxpayer with a $100,000 house $127.75 a year, and the improvements levy costs $31.50 a year, said district treasurer Lori Simione.

One mill generates $223,000 for the district.

The board did not make a decision about placing a new tax levy on the ballot, Watson said, adding that it will meet in February with members of a state oversight commission that helps steer the district’s finances. The commission is mandatory because the district is in fiscal emergency.

Paul Marshall, the chairman of the commission, urged in October that the district ask voters for a new tax.

He said that even though a levy might be a hard sell, the district needs one or it needs to make cuts to offset projected deficits in its five-year financial forecast.

The district has been in fiscal emergency since 2011.