Elmwood asks for early tax renewals PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:47
JERRY CITY - Elmwood School District officials hope voters will continue to support the district and renew two income tax levies Tuesday.
The 0.5- and 0.75-percent income tax levies are set to expire in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and have been on the books since the early 1990s.
Rather than ask voters to renew the issues for five more years, the district wants support to change the issues to a continuing length of time.
"Right now things are going real well in the district," said Superintendent Tony Borton in explaining why the request for renewal is so early.
If voters don't agree to support changing the levies to a continuing time frame, this also gives the board a chance to come back and ask again for a five-year renewal before the levies expire, he added.
The district is running a low-key campaign, Borton admitted.
The staggered levies, earmarked for operating expenses, were last approved by voters in 2009 with overwhelming support.
The combined levies have generated $1,590,163 for the district this year, accounting for about 13 percent of the district's $12,175,536 budget, according to Treasurer LuAnn Vanek.
"We rely on that quite a bit," she added.
Collection on the income taxes has grown about 4 percent in each of the last two years, she said.

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