United seeks permanent improvement levy renewal

HANOVERTON- The United school board Wednesday agreed to place a 5-year renewal of its permanent improvement levy on the May ballot.

Originally passed in 1984 at 3 mills, the levy currently generates $182,500 annually at 1.24 mills, according to school Superintendent Steve Viscounte. The levy will not raise taxes and will retain the Homestead Exemption tax advantage for seniors.

The board had also considered a renewal plus increase to boost the levy back to 3 mills, but any new money would have affected the Homestead Exemption, Viscounte said.

Viscounte noted that the money generated by the levy each year is the equivalent of two new buses.

In other business the board hired Don Conser as its volleyball coach for the 2014-2015 school year. A United graduate and former board member, Conser is a long-time Salem volleyball coach and has the second most career wins in the state. For a full story on the hire see page 1B.