BEAVER TOWNSHIP- Residents in the South Range Local School District will see a renewal levy on Tuesday's ballot.
Residents will be asked to approve a 2.4-mill, 10-year renewal that generates approximately $430,555 annually for general operation of the district. It will not raise taxes, only maintain the current level of support.
According to schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham, the money generated by the levy helps maintain the financing of present academic, athletic and music programs and their supplies and materials, as well as salaries and benefits.
The levy originally passed at 7.9 mills in 1988 and most recently passed at 2.5 mills in 2008. If it fails the district will have until November 2013 to pass it, but Dunham said the school board put it on early to maximize the opportunity to get it approved.
"Right now, any reduced revenue via a levy would be catastrophic to our operating (budget)," he said.
According to Treasurer Jim Phillips' most recent five-year financial forecast, the district is projected to finish fiscal year 2014 with an operating deficit of almost $900,000. In addition to an absolute pay freeze and higher health insurance premiums for employees instituted in the last employee union contracts, the board has been trimming staff and consolidating administrative positions the past year to save money.
"This renewal levy is just asking for continued support; it doesn't raise taxes," Dunham said.
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