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Business manager gives explanation of levy usage

By TIM TROGLEN Reporter Published: February 19, 2017 12:00 AM

HUDSON -- Business Manager Derek Cluse explained at the Feb. 13 Board meeting just how the 1.5-mill Permanent Improvement Levy renewal, if passed, will be used and how it has been used in the past.

PIF funds are used to help with student transportation, facilities, maintenance, security initiatives and technology, according to Cluse.

"The current PIF expires Dec. 31, 2017," according to Cluse. "On May 2 we will have a renewal levy on the ballot."

The business manager stressed the renewal, which has brought in about $1.39 million a year, "is not a new tax."

"It cannot be used for operational expenditures such as salaries and benefits," Cluse said.

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According to Cluse, some of the security initiatives paid for with PIF funds include building new security vestibules at several schools, upgrades to the video and two-way radio systems and updated security cards.

Funds also allowed air conditioning to be installed at East Woods Elementary School, purchase of nine school buses and a variety of roofing projects.

The ballot will be on the May 2 ballot. The current PIF levy costs the owner of a $300,000 home about $138 per year. If passed, it will continue to cost that amount, and the renewal will not bring any new taxes, according to Board president David Zuro.

The PIF can be used for school purposes of constructing, expanding, rehabilitating, remodeling and improving school buildings, acquiring furniture, furnishings and equipment got school purposes and landscaping and improving school sites.

Funds have been used in the last five years to repair, improve, and replace technology, heating/cooling, safety and security, roofs, grounds and pavement improvements, and essential equipment, such as buses, grounds vehicles, and kitchen equipment.

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Future plans including purchasing new buses, adding new telecommunications equipment and continuing to install additional security measures, Cluse said.

"It's very important we renew this levy," Cluse said.

The district owns $250 million worth of real estate assets in the district, according to Cluse.

Cluse credited the district with smart spending.

"We spend roughly $1 million a year to maintain a $250 million portfolio," Cluse said. "We are getting a lot of bang for our buck."

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