Allen East schools will have levy on spring ballot

By Sam Shriver -

HARROD — The Allen East school board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to place a 2.27 mill levy on the May 4 ballot.

This tax levy replaces one originally approved by voters in 1994 and every five years since then.

Voters in the Allen East school district will consider whether to continue to pay the tax indefinitely, instead of every five years.

“One of the things we always watch with our communities, you always want to think about voter fatigue,” said Andrea Snyder, Allen East treasurer. “(The voters) have approved this exact levy six times since 1994. It’s passed with great success every year. And we’d like to just make this a permanent thing. So they don’t have to continually vote on it every five years.”

The school board took the initial step in getting the issue on the ballot at their December meeting.

“Another benefit to being a substitute levy is our current emergency levy is a fixed dollar amount levy at $330,000. So with our current language, we can never collect more than that,” Snyder said. “If you want to look at inflationary rates — that $330,000 from 1994 — that’s equivalent to about $530,000 today. So that money doesn’t grow. As inflation grows, as our school grows, as our property values grow, it’s fixed at that dollar amount.”

There is a chance the school district could take in more money, though. Existing taxpayers won’t see their taxes rise, but if there’s new construction, it could.

“Looking at total property values, we’re not talking significant dollars, but it is an opportunity for it to grow a little bit,” Snyder said.

Snyder was appreciative of the support they’ve had in the past.

“We really appreciate our community has been extremely supportive of our school. This has passed successfully six different times since 1994, and so we hope the community continues to support us,” Snyder said.

By Sam Shriver

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