Archive for Thursday, June 16, 2005

Board looking at increasing taxing authority

June 16, 2005

The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education approved a resolution last Thursday to increase the district's capital outlay mill levy authority. The Board must again vote to increase the levy in July if the district is to get the added taxing authority.

The district is currently authorized to levy up to 4 mills of local property taxes for its capital outlay fund. According to USD 491's published 2004-2005 budget, the district collected $605,000 in revenue for capital projects at that rate.

If passed in the July meeting, the district's maximum capital outlay mill rate authorization would increase to 6 mills.

Superintendent Marty Kobza said even if the Board voted to raise the cap on the mill rate, the district would only use the extra authority if need was great.

"I think it will be dependent on what the Board sees is necessary in the space issue," Kobza said.

Kobza said the Board would be looking to keep the mill rate stable.

In the course of discussion of both the mill rate and space availability in schools, Board members brainstormed options for a new stadium or classroom trailers to ease overcrowding. Among these ideas was the possibility of leasing trailers.

Board member Carlie Abel, who was participating in his last Board meeting after choosing not to seek re-election, was leery.

"Somewhere along the line we have to watch getting wrapped up in long-term leases," Abel said.

The increase will be subject to a possible protest petition. Should a protest petition gain the signatures of 10 percent of the district's voters, the increase would have to be approved in a districtwide referendum.

The next Board meeting will be July 14.

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