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Manchester district seeking renewal of levy

4/10/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — Voters living in the Manchester Local School District will see Issue No. 5, a renewal of the district’s five-year 6.9-mill operating levy, on the May 6 Primary Election ballot.

According to Superintendent Sam Reynolds, the levy was first approved in 1989 and has been approved every five years since then. The levy generates $682,250 annually and represents 5.26 percent of the General Fund, he added.

Reynolds stressed the levy is not a new tax nor does it represent an increase in taxes. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home $103 a year, he said.

The levy revenue pays for general operations of the district, which include salaries, purchased services, transportation, textbooks, supplies and extracurricular activities, according to Reynolds.

“This is a critical part of our budget operations, and the passage of this levy will ensure the stability of children’s programs for the district,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds added the levy is being collected at an effective rate of 3.35 mills.

“This is what happens to older levies,” he said. “The amount of revenue coming to the district does not grow with inflation — it stays fixed forever. The millage rate for taxpayers, however, goes down as property valuations increase.”

Reynolds said the levy’s revenue has been incorporated into planning for the future, and efforts are underway to get information about its need out to residents of the district.

“I hope people understand how direct instruction would be impacted if this levy fails,” he said. “Our kids work hard on whatever they do to become successful, and this is supported by general instruction for positive youth development. We work hard to make our facilities better all the time, and we will strive to continue to improve and to make things better for our young people.”

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