The passage of the continuing operating levy shows support for the students of the Madison-Plains Local School district, said Kelly Cooley, president of the Madison-Plains Board of Education.
“We are very thankful to all the voters who continued to support the children,” Cooley said in a phone interview on Wednesday following the results of the election on Tuesday, May 6.
“We’ve got a great community that continues to show support which speaks volumes for the things we do,” she said. The board plans to continue to operate its 10-year plan, she added.
Cooley said voters understand the renewal levy funds operations “for the daily operation of the school.”
Superintendent Bernie Hall said the reason for the passage is two-fold: Everybody pitched in, and voters see the need.
Hall cited one group which helped, high school civics class members. They came in before the election and made phone calls to parents.
“They did a good job,” Hall said.
Also, “people have seen the need to get in their pockets a little bit,” Hall said. “We’re not asking for anything new.”
Hall said the current operational levy of eight mills, collected at 5.6 mills, has been in place since 2005.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” Hall said.
“I speak for me and the board,” she said. “We are moving forward.”
As an operating levy, the issue generates 11 percent of the funds needed to pay teachers and staff, and pays utility bills as well as other operating costs. This levy will begin on Jan. 1, 2015. The current levy will expire on Dec. 31, 2014.
An owner of a home valued at $100,000 will continue to pay $46.67 per month, as before, officials said. The levy generates $1.5 million annually.
Additional information is available at the district’s website, mplsd.org.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.