The Johnstown-Monroe Board of Education voted unanimously at a special meeting Monday to place a 1 percent income tax on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The Johnstown-Monroe Board of Education voted unanimously at a special meeting Monday to place a 1 percent income tax on the Nov. 4 ballot.

In addition to the income tax, the board previously approved placing a 5-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy on the fall ballot.

Treasurer Tammy Woods recommended the board place the two issues on the ballot to cover district costs over the next five years.

Board member Jay Young questioned whether the "cushion" would be sufficient for five years, and whether Woods projected yearly increases in spending.

"Yes," Woods answered to both questions. "(It provides for) everything the way it is now -- with the 5 mill permanent improvement levy It's the five-year forecast you approved two weeks ago. It includes the expenditure patterns we've experienced."

On Aug. 7, the board approved a five-year fiscal forecast based on the passage of an income tax and permanent improvement levy. With passage of those issues, the forecast predicts a fund balance of $946,402 in fiscal year 2013.

Woods said those figures are being submitted to the Ohio Department of Education as part of a plan in response to the currently forecast balance of negative $934,919 in fiscal year 2011.

The board had also explored the possibility of placing a $2.75-million emergency operating levy on the ballot instead of the income tax.

"I think that would be too tough for people to handle," Woods said.

The 5-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy would generate slightly over $1.1-million annually for items with at least a five-year life such as textbooks, equipment, technology, repairs and maintenance. The amount collected from the levy is based on the district's current assessed valuation of $227,149,835.

The cost to the owner of a home with an assessed value of $100,000 would be approximately $175 annually. It would be first due in calendar year 2009.

The purpose of the 1 percent income tax is to provide revenue to pay current operating expenses of the district. A resolution adopted to place it on the ballot states that it's necessary to raise annually additional revenues of at least $1.95-million to provide for current operating expenses. If approved, an individual with a yearly income of $50,000 would pay $500 with the income tax. The tax would become effective beginning Jan. 1, 2009.

In other action, the board approved the fiscal year 2008-09 school year calendar. It shows the Christmas holiday from Dec. 22 through Jan. 4; spring break from April 6 through 13, with high school commencement set for May 30.

Superintendent Damien Bawn said the calendar doesn't align with Licking County, as "the county is all over the place," he said.

In board discussion, Tony Schorr reported that Saup/Hartley would complete the Searfoss roof replacement this week.

"It has gone well," he said. "Mid next week, they will be out of your hair. There were no change orders. It went very well."

John Neibarger, representing the Chambers family, also provided an update on the stadium renovation.

"The lighting is in place, the visitor's side bleachers are in place, and the band boosters new concession stand is there," he said.

The logo in the middle of the new synthetic turf has been revamped a couple of times.

"We sent some bad artwork to begin with," he said. "There are also some soft spots in the field -- slight divots. There are three, two in the back of the end zone. There's some warranty work to do."

Neibarger said the new lighting is far superior to what was there before, but a few people noticed shadows.

"We think what's there is one-third brighter," he said. "I think if you have brighter lighting, you have shadows. Coach (Mike) Carter is less than thrilled with the lighting. My contention is that it's one-third more lighting than we had before. The lighting is more evenly dispersed."

A retaining wall on the home stadium side still needs to be completed, Neibarger said.

He hoped that would have been finished by now, but the excessive rain in June delayed the project.

Young questioned damage related to the track.

"It's definitely from equipment," Neibarger said. "There are efforts in place to repair that. They're all surface related."

In other discussion, Bawn reported the district will proceed with purchasing $21,154 in kitchen equipment from Polsters, of Columbus.

The items include an electric tilt skillet with power tilt, cook and hold, and heated cabinet.

The next regular meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Johnstown Village Council Chambers.