New Albany-Plain Local School school board members have taken another step toward putting a permanent-improvements levy on the November ballot.

On June 26, board members approved resolutions of necessity for five millage-rate options.

The resolutions do not place any levy requests on the ballot, but enable the Franklin County Auditor's Office to certify a levy rate and amount of money that would be collected.

Board members approved resolutions of necessity for levies of 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75 and 2 mills.

They voted against resolutions of necessity for 2.25 and 2.5 mills.

The deadline to file issues for the Nov. 7 general election is Aug. 9.

A permanent-improvements levy last was approved in 2004. District officials allowed it to expire in 2009, and its funds were exhausted in 2014.

Voters last approved an operating levy in 2012 with Issue 50, which included a 2.59-mill bond to build New Albany Intermediate School and a 4.24-mill permanent operating levy to generate $3.51 million.

Rebecca Jenkins, the district's finance director, said $480,388 remains from the 2012 bond.

In November 2014, voters rejected a 6.9-mill operating levy and a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy.

Both levies would have been permanent.

The district is spending about $1.3 million in permanent-improvements expenditures annually from the general-revenue fund, Jenkins said.

According to data the district collected for five-year capital planning projects from 2018 through 2022, permanent-improvements projects will cost $12,708,625, or an annual average of $2,541,725.

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