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        Property tax collections that help fund the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District are down by about $2.13 million – or about 37 percent, according to B-C-S treasurer Cajon Keeton, who updated the school board on the district’s financial condition before a board vote to place two renewal levies and an earned income tax on the May ballot.

 

        Keeton said the district is reeling from the devaluation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station property. Also, the state is phasing out reimbursements to districts for their loss of revenues from the public utility tangible personal property tax, which has ended.

        “This is not a situation where we can trim 'a little fat' off and be OK,” Keeton told the board.

        If passed, the 1 percent income tax would generate about $1.9 million annually.

        Voters will also decide two renewal issues in May; a 3.9-mill operating levy and a 1.2-mill permanent improvement levy. 

        But it was the income tax levy that dominated the discussion by the board and administration during the special meeting.

        "Without the new revenue, B-C-S would look much different than the top performing district we have all grown to expect,” Guy Parmigian, superintendent, said.  “For example, we may have classrooms with 30 or more students; have state minimum busing that only went through grades K-8 and only when the distance is two miles away from the school; have school buildings that close at the end of each school day--closed to community activities or biddy programs; not being able to afford sending our talented music students to participate in contests or perform in our area churches on Sunday; have to dramatically increase pay-to-participate fees for athletics, and have fewer course electives for high school students.

        "It would be a shame if we did not take our destiny in our own hands at the May 7th ballot, and had to begin the process of making the kind of cuts that would decimate the future of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District.  Are we going to let one company [the devaluation of Davis-Besse] determine the fate of B-C-S?”  

        Budget cuts would be enacted for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, he said.

        Information about the three levies will be posted at http://www.bcssd.com/ballot-issues.

Woodmore on May ballot

        The Woodmore school board also has plans to seek renewal of a levy in May.

        The board recently approved a resolution to ask voters to renew an $829,000 emergency levy that would again be in effect for five years if passed.

       

 

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