Eldorado school district received a bonus in time for the holidays.
Board member Keith Oglesby has brought up at past meetings the electric bills the district is paying. The electric provider Noble Energy checked into the issue and found Ameren had missed enrollment of several meters.
“Do to the missed enrollment of several meters by Ameren with our electric agreement we have had to re-bill the account from day one using all the meters at your facility. This caused your unit cost to look high due to the reduced kwh’s in the calculation. The new unit cost will be more in line with the contract rate of 5.2 cents/Kwh,” the letter states.
That amounts to a credit from Ameren of $105,010.
“For the last 24 months Ameren has been overcharging us. They are not going to credit it; they are just going to send the amount,” Siebert said.
The board anticipates the taxpayers saving money as well.
The board approved a tax levy of $1,651,000 — about the same as last years with a 1 percent increase in municipal retirement — but Siebert does not anticipate actually levying that entire amount. He anticipates in the spring abating a portion of the levy as the 1 percent sales tax money is rolling in — the latest payment being $41,860 due the school from July purchases in the county — and abating the entire levy next year.
Taxpayers should see a decrease in property payments due this year, a more substantial decrease next year and probably no levy the following year, Siebert said.
During the meeting:
The board heard a report from Eldorado FFA Secretary Grant Loudy and Reporter Desi Vaughn on the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The officers attended a career show, saw a concert and a rodeo and got a chance to test out the new small bus purchased jointly through the FFA, FFA Alumni and the district. FFA Alumni officer Cody Cusic gave the district a $12,525 check for help with the bus and the FFA gave $1,000.
It was announced Clearwave is sponsoring a three-point shooting competition at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament. Chances to shoot are $5 and the winner will receive $1,000.
The board approved a leave of absence for Bonnie Newmann.
The board hired Blaire Melvin as an aide.