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School board agrees to ask voters for $1.75 million

FPS staff report

It’s official.
Voters in the Carrollton Exempted Village School District will be asked to pass an emergency levy at the May 7 special election.

During a special meeting Jan. 28, the board of education passed a resolution to place a 5.3 mill levy on the ballot that will generate $1.75 million each year for a five-year period.

If voters approve the levy request, it will begin with tax year 2013, and will appear on tax bills in calendar year 2014.

During the board’s Jan. 8 meeting, Treasurer Roxanne Mazur noted the district is facing a deficit in 2015. Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi said the district is in a “catch 22” situation with the possible development of an oil and gas well on school property (SR 332 location), but any possible royalties from a well are “uncertain at this time.”

“We are working with both unions and looking at $1.5 million in cuts,” he said. “We are asking for an emergency levy for a temporary period of time (five years) to offset cuts in state and other funds. We are asking for this to get us through until other good things happen.”

The last time a levy was passed in the school district was in 1977.

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