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Nevis School to ask voters for levy
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Nevis School District has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in the media center to hear comments and questions on the proposed operating referendum.


District residents will be voting on a $252 per pupil operating levy, double the existing levy of $126, which expires at year's end.

Voters also will be asked to "increase general education revenue" by an additional $225 per pupil for technology. This is contingent on passage of the first question; voters cannot approve the second question without passing the $252 operating levy.

The levy would be applicable for seven years.

The special election will be held from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the school.

If voters approve "question one," $82,288 would be generated annually. If "question two" earns the nod, this would raise $73,472, totaling $155,760.

This compares with the current $39,013 raised via the operating levy. The median levy in the state is $863 per pupil. If both questions are approved, additional revenue per pupil unit would be $351.

Estimated tax impacts to property owners - residential homesteads, apartments and commercial industrial property - have been calculated.

On a $100,000 home, for example, if question one is approved, the taxpayer would owe $32, a net change of $17 from the current amount. If both questions are approved, the net change to the tax bill is $46.

On a $250,000 home, question one's approval would add $43 to the current tax amount ($81 the total) and $72 for question two, a net change of $115.

The hearing precedes the regular board meeting, which is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m. in room 186.

Jean Ruzicka
(218) 732-3364