Thursday, August 09, 2001

Schools score victory on taxes

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

        HARRISON — The Southwest Local Schools won't have to use general fund dollars to pay for building repairs and improvements after Tuesday's renewal of a permanent improvement tax.

        Voters approved the 5-year, 1-mill levy 1,007 to 500, according to unofficial final results from the Hamilton and Butler county boards of elections. First approved in 1981 and renewed in 1987, 1991 and 1996, the tax brings about $270,000 to district coffers, said Greg Bybee, treasurer.

        “We make it go a long way in taking care of our buildings. I think the people realize we spend our money wisely,” he said.

        In the past, the tax money has been used to fund a sewage treatment facility at Crosby Elementary, for installation of an elevator at Harrison Junior High, replacement of a boiler at Elizabethtown Elementary School, and for installation of a security system at the high school.

        Building principals submit a list of projects to the business manager, who then incorporates them into a five-year plan, said Superintendent Kay Bowling. Levy dollars are also used to make emergency repairs at the district's eight schools in western Hamilton County.


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