By LOU WILIN
BLUFFTON — Bluffton School District voters are being asked to renew two taxes — one for operations, the other for permanent improvements — on May 7.
The levy for operations would be a property tax of 4.244 mills for five years.
That would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an estimated $148.54 per year, according to the Allen County auditor’s office.
The tax first was approved in 1999 for 4.9 mills. The last time it was renewed, in 2014, it was for 4.9 mills. The latest proposal would be for reduced millage, or tax rate.
Because property values have increased in the school district, the same $714,392 can still be collected with the lower tax rate.
The tax is a good investment, Superintendent Greg Denecker said.
“Bluffton Exempted Village Schools’ performance index ranks in the top 6 percent of all districts in the state,” he said. “Expenditures per pupil, however, are more than $2,900 less than the state average.
The other ballot measure for district voters is a proposed renewal of a 0.5 percent, three-year income tax for permanent improvements. It would generate an estimated $700,000 per year.
Revenue from a permanent improvement tax can be spent only on things lasting five years or more.
The district would use the revenue in the same way it has in past years, Denecker said: replacing roofs; buying new buses; remodeling classrooms; repairing and updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; updating and repairing restrooms, plumbing and outside facilities; replacing windows and doors; tuckpointing/mortar repair; updating security measures; and updating electrical and lighting systems.
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