Salem voters asked to continue backing school levy

SALEM — Voters in the Salem school district are being asked to continue supporting a 2-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.

District Treasurer Michael Douglas said the levy was originally passed in 1983 and has been renewed every five years since, with the money used to fund all types of improvement projects on district grounds and in district buildings, including this year’s roof replacement at the high school.

“Taxes won’t be raised since it’s a renewal,” he said.

The levy is expected to generate $315,300 per year if renewed. The owner of a home valued at $100,000 pays $29.18 per year and that won’t change.

Other permanent improvements in recent years have included the room renovations at each of the schools, the boiler at Buckeye, resealing of parking lots, repairs to the building at Reilly this past summer, technology improvements and anything else to improve the buildings and grounds at each of the school locations. The district operates three elementary buildings, Reilly, Buckeye and Southeast, along with the junior/senior high school, the administration building and Reilly Stadium.

Permanent improvement funds can only be used for permanent improvements.

“I hope we get the support we’ve gotten from taxpayers all the years of this levy. We continue to use the money to update our technology and our buildings for the students. We hope taxpayers support (the levy) again,” board President Steve Bailey said.