Saturday, August 04, 2001

Carlisle schools asking for levy

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        CARLISLE — Voters in the Carlisle Schools may be asked Nov. 6 to approve a 2-mill permanent improvement levy that would be used to maintain the district's buildings, upgrade technology and pay off previous heating work.

        Earlier this week, the Carlisle Board of Education adopted a resolution asking the Warren County auditor to certify the money the levy would raise. A second resolution placing the issue on the ballot is scheduled for a vote at a special meeting set for Aug. 13.

        “This is well-needed,” said board member Tammy Lainhart. “It will be used for upgrades to school property.”

        The continuing levy is expected to raise about $330,000 each year and would replace a permanent improvement levy that expires at the end of next year, said Superintendent Tim McLinden. The replacement levy would bring about $70,000 more to school coffers each year and would increase taxes on a $135,000 home about $15 annually, Mr. McLinden estimated.

        “We're asking for a continuing levy so we don't have to keep going on the ballot every five years,” Mr. McLinden said.“This gives us a predictable source of income we can plan on.”

        Any money raised by the levy can only be used to purchase or repair items with a life expectancy of five years or more and cannot be used for salaries or other day-to-day expenses, Mr. McLinden said. The district will use $140,000 annually to pay off heating work completed three years ago at the middle and high schools. Money will also be used to buy computers and buses along with emergency and routine upkeep work, Mr. McLinden said.

        If approved, collections on the last year of the existing permanent improvement levy would be halted, Mr. McLinden said.


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