The issue would replace a 1.35-mill permanent improvement levy that was originally passed in 1977 and costs the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 about $22.05 annually, according to figures from the Ottawa County auditor and school district.
The school board has also filed a resolution with the county auditor to discontinue collections on a 1.8-mill permanent improvement levy that was first passed in 1984 and costs the homeowner about $26.95 a year – if the 1.6-mill issue passes. By replacing the 1.35-mill issue instead of renewing it, tax collections from the 1.6-mill levy will be based on current property valuations rather than valuations of the year it was first approved.
Bill Nye, district treasurer, said the 1.6-mill levy will cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 about $49 a year – the same as the other two levies combined.
“Property owners won’t see an increase in their taxes because of this,” he said. “We’re taking 1.35 mills and replacing that with a 1.6-mill levy then we’re telling the auditor to stop collecting on the 1.8-mills. Basically, we’re looking to relieve voter fatigue and keep off the ballot as much as we can.”
Since 2006, when Nye was hired by the Genoa board, the district has been on the ballot almost every May and November, he said.
He’s projecting the 1.6-mill issue, if passed, would generate about $295,000 a year.
Voters renewed the 1.35-mill issue in 1982, 1987, 1991, 1997, 2001, and 2006. The 1.8-mill issue was renewed in 1989, 1994, 1998, 2003, and 2009.
Board race uncontested
Incumbent school board member Laura Meinke is seeking re-election but with incumbent Tom Scheanwald opting to not run again there is no contested race for two open seats on the board. Aaron Wolfe is the only candidate for the other seat.