BRUNSWICK –– School board members want to lessen the number of times it goes to voters to renew an emergency levy that has been on the books since 1992.
When originally passed more than 26 years ago, the levy, which funds general district operations, was structured as an eight-year levy.
Looking toward to the May primary election, district Treasurer Mark Pepera said the board should place a renewal on the ballot extending the levy to a 10-year levy.
Ten years is the longest duration of time allowable for an emergency levy, he said.
The current levy is set to expire December 2019.
In order to maintain current funding, Brunswick Schools officials said Monday that renewing the levy is needed. The 1.90-mill levy brings in about $2,087,000 annually. Since 1992, the levy has been renewed several times.
“I’m recommending that we petition our community to renew that levy in the election in May,” said Pepera.
“If the board chooses to do that, we have to pass two resolutions and file some paperwork with the auditor and, eventually, with the board of elections.”
Pepera said all of the necessary paperwork must be completed by the beginning of February in order for the issue to be on the May ballot.
“What I propose, unless there are any objections, is that at our December meeting, we’d entertain the first resolution and then in January, pass the second resolution,” he said.
The board voted in favor of moving forward with preparing the levy for May and will vote on the first of two resolutions Dec. 17.