Levy renewal on N. Baltimore ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:50
NORTH BALTIMORE - The school district here is asking voters to continue supporting a long-standing property tax.
The North Baltimore Board of Education is asking voters on Tuesday to again support an 8.0-mill levy that has been on the books for more than 20 years, and will not result in new taxes.
The district, though, is asking voters to approve the levy for a continuing amount of time.
In the past, it has come up for renewal every five years.
The levy is estimated to bring in $577,416 annually and will continue to help pay for operating costs of the district including utilities, salaries, supplies and technology, according to Superintendent Marlene North.
The levy monies help support the district's $8 million annual budget.
By changing the levy to a continuing term, it will drop the cost of putting the levy before voters, which amounts to between $3,000 to $6,000 each time, depending on how many issues are on the ballot, according to district Treasurer Eve Baldwin.
And those costs are increasing due to increasing equipment costs at the board of elections, she added.
North took a moment at the school board's April meeting to highlight some of the positive things happening in the district, including an Excellent with Distinction rating for the middle school, and Excellent rating for the high school, increased safety and security in all buildings, the renovation at Powell Elementary and the completion of the Larry Woodruff Memorial Building, and implementation of all-day kindergarten at Powell.

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