South Routt School Board to seek mill levy override
August 19, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The South Routt School Board is looking for community support in the form of a mill levy override, but in order to get that, the board will first have to craft an ordinance to take to voters in November.
At tonight's meeting, the board will discuss ways to frame the request for $349,314. That's about $17 per $100,000 of actual residential property value from the taxpayers in the district.
Superintendent Scott Mader said this is not a renewal of any other mill levy override, but a way to shore up the district's finances.
District Finance Manager Dina Murray said the last override was in 2007, and any overrides before that were 10 years earlier.
Murray said the money would go to the general fund, but the details about how it would be used — details that will be included in the ballot measure — will be part of tonight's meeting.
She said the money mostly is needed "to make up for the reduction in state support where our funds were reduced by state funding."
"So we're in a situation where we went to our community to say, 'Here are our choices, we have to reduce our programming by this amount or we have to find support,'" she said.
The school board will begin tonight's meeting early, at 5:30, to tour the schools after major gym renovations.
Mader said the South Routt Elementary School gym floor damaged by a fire last school year began to buckle after repairs, and the insurance company gave the approval to replace the floor entirely. Mader said that was all covered by insurance.
The older gym at Soroco High School was cleaned during summer.
"That's a huge job, a huge job," Mader said.
An outside company offered to clean the old gym for $26,000, but the staff cleaned and repainted it for about $1,000 plus time during the summer, he said.
The meeting agenda also includes discussion about proposed state constitutional Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 and a planned visit from state Sens. Al White and Michael Johnston in the coming months.