MOUNT VERNON — Educators know there’s no such thing as a routine school levy, but the Mount Vernon Local School District hopes its permanent improvement renewal levy on the November ballot will enjoy the same public support it has for nearly 40 years.
The 2-mill levy was first approved in 1977 and provides the district with funds for items including building improvement and maintenance, busses, text books and technology. This marks the seventh time the levy has been put before voters for renewal, and it has never failed at the ballot box. If renewed again on Nov. 5, the levy will remain in place continuously or until such time as it may be amended by voters.
The levy generates roughly $890,000 a year, with owners of homes valued at $100,000 assessed about $63 per year. The tax rate of 2 mills has remained the same over the entire life of the levy.
“I never take anything for granted, and I worry about what I call levy fatigue among voters,” Superintendent Bill Seder Jr. said. “People were gracious enough to pass our levy in May, and I hope they recognize that this is a renewal rather than a new levy and that it doesn’t increase anyone’s taxes. If it should fail we’d be in a real predicament, because we’d have to try to cover (necessary costs) with money from the general fund.”
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