Voters have decided to approve to levy issues for the Marysville School District.
According to an unofficial summary report by the Union County Board of Elections, the district’s 6.56-mill continuing renewal levy passed, with 7,972 people supporting and 4,232 people opposing it. A 2-mill issue for permanent improvement funds passed 6,256 to 5,927.
Superintendent Diane Mankins said she’s “very pleased” with the results, and appreciates the community’s confidence in the school district.
“We’re always grateful for the support and we don’t have to ask taxpayers again to do that, and we can maintain focus on education, and that’s really our central mission,” Mankins said. “It’s a good feeling to know we can go back to that focus and not have levy issues as a distractor.”
Mankins noted the 6.56-mill renewal is “not a tax increase, and will make sure the district won’t have to come back to the polls for a new money ask until 2022 or 2023.
With the renewal, the levy will cost residents $84.58 per $100,000 of a home’s value in taxes, and commercial entities will pay $221.06 per $100,000 of commercial valuation. It will continue to generate more than $3.2 million for the district for operating expenses.
The other issue that passed now allows the district to redirect funds that would have gone to its permanent improvement fund and to instead go to the operational fund. Mankins said this was to extend the district’s money.
The superintendent said with the approval, the district will be able to hire a new school resource officer (SRO).
Mankins said another SRO was needed primarily because there was a shortage of officers watching the schools. Currently, there’s one full-time and one part-time SRO, and she wanted to make sure the Early College High School and the TRI Academy had proper security.
She also said the SRO is needed because “safety is important to us,” and she wants to help build relationships with the students and police officers.
Mankins said the district had a “really good committee and marketing plan” when explaining the levy issues to voters. She said she’s “very pleased people took the time to listen to us explain it.”
She said this passage was “an affirmation” of the district’s work, and felt grateful for these issues passing compared to the failure of a 4-mill levy proposal in 2012.
She said the school district won’t need to go back to voters for a new money ask until 2022 or 2023, but she’s confident the district will be able to stretch it’s money.
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