MP Schools ask voters to renew levies

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The Madison Plains Local School District has two levies on the Nov. 6 ballot. Neither is for new taxes.

At a time when other school districts are asking for more money, due in part to changes in tax laws, Madison Plains is asking voters to maintain the district’s current level of funding.

“The things that were done three years ago to save money is what really put us in the position where we don’t have to ask for more money,” said Madison Plains school board member Sherry Kuehnle referring to budget cuts made by district officials.

Sound investments also have contributed to the district’s fiscal stability, said board member Ken Morlock

“Fiscal responsibility isn’t just trim-ming the budget; it’s managing the money you have,” he said.

Renewal of the two levies will keep Madison Plains on solid footing fiscally through at least 2011, Kuehnle added.

The district is asking voters to renew an 8-mill, three-year operating levy, which was originally passed in 2005 and expires at the end of calendar year 2008. The levy generates approximately $1.5 million per year. If renewed, the cost to the owner of a $100,000 home will continue to be $238 per year.

Money from the 8-mill levy is used for day-to-day operating expenses, such as text books, school supplies, utility bills, salaries, and benefits.

The district also is asking voters to renew a 2.5-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy, which was originally passed in 1987 and renewed in 1993, 1998 and 2003. The levy, which expires at the end of calendar year 2008, will generate approximately $379,000 per year. If renewed, the cost to the owner of a $100,000 home will continue to be $76 per year.

Money from a permanent improvement levy can only be used for building repairs and the purchase of equipment that has a life expectancy of at least five years, such as school buses, technology and big-ticket classroom equipment.

For more information about school district finances, call the Madison Plains central office at 740-852-0290.

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