2013-06-12 / News

School board may pick date for special levy election at next meeting

by Kate Evans

School Superintendent David Banks said that he will recommend a date for rerunning the special levy election at the school board’s June 18 meeting. The special levy date will be on the agenda as an action item that evening.

Banks’ remarks came during the reports and communications portion of the June 4 Morgan County School Board meeting.

Banks also said that he and Technology Director Tom Shade were working on a community survey on the special levy that he hoped to have available at the June 18 meeting.

The school board had no discussion of the special levy at the June 4 meeting and took no action regarding it.

Morgan County voters defeated renewal of the special levy in a May 11 special election. The levy had been in effect since 1958.

The special levy is set to expire in June 2014.

The special levy currently accounts for more than 23% of the school system’s operational budget. Items funded through the special levy include textbooks, instructional materials and equipment, supplemental staff salaries and employee benefits, facilities maintenance, curricular and extracurricular programs and field trips, with some transportation costs.

The special levy would have brought in an estimated net revenue of $5.6 million annually for Morgan County Schools over the next five years.

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