West Branch to try again if income tax fails Nov. 5

BELOIT- The West Branch school board will attempt its income levy tax again in February if it fails on Nov. 5.

The board Wednesday night approved a resolution of necessity to raise $2,043,127 and requesting the state tax commissioner to estimate the rate, as well as the equivalent property tax millage as required by law.

Although the amount is roughly $90,000 more than the levy on the November ballot, school administration said it should still remain at .75 percent. Treasurer Daniel Telzrow guessed that the the difference was caused by changes in reported federally adjusted gross incomes.

The board must submit the levy to the board of elections by Nov. 6 to have it on the special ballot in February. Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Weingart said if the current levy passes, then the board will not pursue the one in February.

“It’s important that residents understand these are not two separate issues,” he said. “This (action) just gives us more flexibility (for the February ballot).”

Weingart said the board will attempt the levy on the special ballot in February if it fails next month because any cuts in personnel will have to be decided on by the end of April, so the May ballot would be too late.

The board unanimously approved the action, 3-0. Board members Earl Trimmer and Mikki Kanagy were absent.