Belpre BOE will meet today to discuss levy issue

BELPRE -In order to have all of their ducks in a row to have a renewal emergency levy on the May primary ballot, the Belpre City Schools District Board of Education will hold a special meeting today.

The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. today in the Stone Administration Building/Early Learning Center to approve a resolution to allow the district to proceed with placing the levy on the ballot.

During the Jan. 13 regular meeting, the board unanimously approved action to place a renewal emergency levy on the May primary ballot.

The 3.85 mil levy currently generates $825,000 annually for the school district and, if passed this spring, will continue to generate the same amount while not having the taxpayer see an increase in their taxes, said superintendent Tony Dunn.

Following a lengthy discussion, the board chose to amend the original five-year emergency levy from five to 10 years in order to save the district and taxpayers money in another renewal election.

Last year, the state legislature approved action to allow school districts to seek 10-year levies as opposed to five-year and, while it will not change the amount of money a taxpayer puts forth, it will allow the district and, by proxy the taxpayers, to not have to pay for two elections.

On the current levy, the owner of a $100,000 owner-occupied house pays $111.78 per year, which will not change with the renewal in May. The $111.78 annually works out to $9.32 per month or 30 cents per day.

The current was originally adopted in March 2000 and was renewed for a third time in November 2009.