Madison-Plains returning to ballot Nov. 2 with income tax levy renewal

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(Posted June 16, 2021)

Madison-Plains Local Schools is going back to voters with a renewal request for its 1.25 percent earned income tax levy.

The issue will appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. The current levy expires at the end of 2023. If passed, the levy would generate an estimated $2.3 million per year for the school district. Fluctuations in earnings could mean minor changes to that amount.

The issue first appeared on the May 4 ballot, coming up short of approval by 3.9 percent.

“The request is being sought to help stabilize district finances,” said Superintendent Chad Eisler. “We have worked hard to control expenses while enhancing the service we provide. We have evidence that things are heading in a positive direction, and we want to keep it moving that way.

“Stabilizing district finances will help us to be able to engage in some longer-term planning which will be beneficial for the learning opportunities we will be able to deliver to our students.”

On June 15, the school board passed the first of two resolutions required to place the levy request on the ballot. The second resolution will be on the board’s agenda at its next meeting. The length of the levy term will be in that resolution.

In other action, the board approved two overnight field trips. The high school’s FFA officers will attend Ohio FFA camp. The high school’s boys’ basketball team will travel to Marietta for a team camp.

The school board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is July 20 at 7 p.m. in the district meeting room.

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