Elmwood seeks two income tax renewals PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Monday, 14 October 2013 10:31
JERRY CITY - Elmwood Schools will be back next month asking voters to support the renewal of two income taxes.
This is the second time the district has asked for support for the 0.5- and 0.75-percent income tax levies, set to expire in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Both issues were on the May ballot, both for continuing terms, and both were defeated by more than 100 votes.
They'll be back again Nov. 5, each for five-year terms.
In the spring, the school board decided rather than ask voters to renew the issues for five more years, the district had asked for support to change the issues to a continuing length of time, which means they will never expire.
The issues have been collected in the district since the 1990s, and until May, had a streak of successful passage on the first try.
"Every community is different," said Superintendent Tony Borton, who explained the previous district where he worked preferred continuing taxes. But Elmwood taxpayers want to have a say every five years on how they want the district run, he concluded.
The staggered levies, earmarked for operating expenses, were last approved by voters in 2009. Both passed with overwhelming support at that time.
The 0.75-percent income tax was first approved in 1991, and the 0.5 first passed in 1995.
The combined levies will generate $1.65 million for the district this year, accounting for about 14 percent of the district's $12 million budget, Borton said.
He added that since the taxes have been collected, the district has not asked for more money except for the new school.
The district also is campaigning more actively this time, with yard signs and a mailer that went out Friday.
Borton has scheduled four town hall meetings this month, all at 7 p.m.: Oct. 22 in the former Cygnet public library, Oct. 24 in the Bloomdale Community Hall, Oct. 28 in the Jerry City Town Hall, and Oct. 29 in the Wayne Fire Hall.
The meetings will "basically put us in front of (taxpayers) and letting them ask questions," Borton stated.

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