On June 21, the Independence Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution (5-0) at the regular board meeting to place a permanent improvement renewal levy request on the November 8, 2016 ballot for maintenance and capital improvement projects. The levy is to renew the current levy and is not a new or additional tax.
Funds from this zero tax increase renewal levy are earmarked for upkeep of roofs, boilers, plumbing, brickwork, sidewalks, HVAC upgrades and repairs, LED lighting upgrades, phone systems, security equipment, parking lot resurfacing, and bus purchases. “Like any property owner, dollars are needed to maintain facilities and the permanent improvement fund is the district’s ‘set aside’ reserve for maintenance expenses,” said Jerry Narduzzi, president, Independence Board of Education. “Renewal of the permanent improvement levy for five more years with no new taxes is crucial in protecting our community’s assets, including the primary, middle and high school.”
This is a 1.25 mill five-year levy that was renewed by Independence voters in 2011 and expires December 31, 2017. This levy currently generates $600,000 annually to cover the costs of any property asset or improvement with an estimated life or usefulness of five years or more. It is not used to pay the district’s operating expenses such as salaries and benefits.
"Our community has consistently demonstrated support for our schools,” said Ben Hegedish, superintendent, Independence Local Schools. “Our district leadership believes wise fiscal management is vital to earning that support. Our goal is to maintain our current facilities. Though our primary and middle schools are older, our maintenance staff works hard to keep them in the best shape possible so we can provide an outstanding education. The renewal of this permanent improvement is an important step in us continuing to maintain our facilities. Whether it is the roof replacement plan, the technological infrastructure upgrades, or asphalt and concrete replacement, we are working hard to keep our Independence Local Schools in great shape."
for article from Gazette on July 7, 2016.