Carrier Mills-Stonefort school board met in regular session Monday night and approved a 4.9 percent tax levy. The board discussed the tax levy process and heard an explanation of the Truth in Taxation hearing requirements.
The school tax levy provides money to fund the operation of the Carrier Mills-Stonefort school system.
Superintendent Richard Morgan offered a PowerPoint presentation of the process by which the school tax levy was determined. An important factor in establishing the levy rate is the EAV or Equalized Assessed Valuation of property which is determined by the Saline County Tax Assessors Office. The EAV information is not available until May or June of 2013 while the board must decide on the school tax levy rate by December 2012. The board must make an estimate as to whether the EAV will raise or lower and establish the levy based on this estimate.
Another consideration is the legal requirement concerning holding a public hearing if the tax levy is raised to over 5 percent. Morgan said to maintain the current level of funding it may be necessary to raise the levy over 5 percent, pointing out that declining enrollment could result in a smaller share of funding from the Saline County Sales Tax revenues. After discussion the board agreed to set the levy at 4.9 percent and will formally act on this decision at the December board meeting.
Board member Clay Nolen brought up concerns about littering by high school students of the foam school lunch containers, pointing out that leaving school grounds was a privilege and the students must act responsibly in this matter.
John Whiting suggested that the cooks could label the lunch containers with each student’s name and offenders could be reprimanded if littering occurred.
Beth Thomason voiced concerns about the deteriorating condition of the high school parking lot near the bus parking area and the ball field concession area. No formal action was taken on these topics at this time.
In other action the board voted to:
Appoint Morgan to serve as secretary for the April 9, 2013, school board election with the deadline for filing petitions to run for election to the board being Dec. 24, 2012.
Set the date of the December board meeting for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.