New Albany News

District eyes two levy requests this fall


The New Albany-Plain Local school board on May 5 decided the district might ask voters in November for a two-year, 6-mill operating levy and a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy.

According to its five-year forecast, the district will face a $5 million deficit in fiscal year 2016. The district also needs to budget $1.4 to $1.6 million annually for permanent improvements.

The last permanent-improvements levy expired in December 2009 and Treasurer Rebecca Jenkins said the fund is down to $120,000.

The board talked about staffing and ways to reduce costs before asking district staff members to consider the two levy options.

The district’s financial review and reporting committee is expected May 12 to review the five-year forecast and levy options.

Jenkins said the board will have to make a decision quickly if it decides to put something on the Nov. 4 ballot because legislation for the ballot issue would start in June.

The filing deadline for issues to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot is Aug. 6.