Grandview School Board asked to consider replacement levy

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School District’s current maintenance and operation levy, approved by voters in 2009, will expire at the end of 2014.

As a result, the school district’s finance director, Brad Shreeve, this past Tuesday presented the school board with information that may lead to the proposal of a replacement levy.

He told the school board directors that the district must be prepared if it is to propose a replacement levy during the February 2014 special elections.

Shreeve has recommended a four-year levy be presented to voters.

The replacement levy would expire at the end of 2019.

Shreeve said, “We run levies to leverage funds to maximize levy equalization funds.”

He said the Grandview School District asks voters to approve maintenance and operation levies to bridge the gaps between what the state funds and what community members expect in education.

Levy dollars are used for curriculum, highly capable programs, technology, student transportation, athletics, field trips and staffing needs.

Shreeve said once a levy is approved, the school district reviews the needs of the students and schools to determine where the money will be best utilized.

Grandview residents are with the current levy paying just more than $1.75 for every $1,000 of assessed property value when paying property taxes. That is just more than $17.50 for a home that is valued at $100,000.

For every dollar collected Grandview receives approximately $3.14 because of state levy equalization funds. If voters approve a new levy that translates to about $3.67 million for the Grandview School District annually.

Shreeve said he hasn’t recommended a levy amount yet to the Grandview School Board, but wants the board members to begin thinking about the needs of the district before the beginning of 2014.

The school board has not yet decided whether or not to propose a replacement levy during the February 2014 special elections.

“This (presentation) was just to give the board an idea of the numbers we are looking at,” said Shreeve.


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