Milton-Freewater school levy to be discussed

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MILTON-FREEWATER β€” An upcoming local option levy will be discussed in a Milton-Freewater School District public meeting Thursday.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Central Middle School music room, 306 S.W. Second Ave.

Interim Superintendent Jim Reger will present information and answer questions about the five-year local option levy that will appear on the May 21 ballot, according to a news release by the InterMountain Education Service District.

During it’s March meeting, the school board approved seeking the levy.

The levy would increase local property taxes by no more than $1 per $1,000 of assessed value over five years starting with the 2013-14 school year.

The total $650,000 raised each year through the levy, including local and state dollars, would be limited to maintenance, safety and security improvements, bus replacement and curriculum materials.

If voters approve, the levy would raise about $300,000 each year for five years, and would also generate about $350,000 in state matching dollars each of those years. The levy requires a simple majority β€” 50 percent of votes plus one β€” to pass.

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