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Voters to decide tax levy transfer

Thursday, August 2, 2007

MYRTLE -- Voters in the Couch School District will go the the polls Aug. 7 to vote on the district's operating tax levy.

Couch Superintendent Tom Bull said the school district is asking voters to transfer the 68 cents debt service to the district's operating levy.

Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said this election will be the only election in the county in August.

"This election will only pertain to voters in the Couch School District and the only polling place will be at the school," Hensley said.

He said the precincts involved in the voting will be Cedar Bluff, Couch, Jeff, Jobe-Billmore and Myrtle.

"Polls will open that morning at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. that evening," the county clerk said.

He said the election will be paid for by the Couch School District and the issue would pass or fail by a simple majority.

Bull said, "If this proposition is approved, the adjusted operating levy of the district is estimated to be $3.43 per assessed valuation."

He said this would result in the total tax levy at the school being unchanged. The debt service at the school was voted in many years ago and at that time was used to build a new junior high building at the school. He said the school's debt service ends this year.

"If proposition K (as it will appear on the ballot) passes this August it will allow our school to qualify for $5 million available in state funds for small schools with less than 350 students. Our district could receive as much as $58,000," he said.

The superintendent said many upgrades and improvements are needed at the school and that is what the funds would be used for.

Bull said the elementary school is in need of an upgrade to its heating and cooling system and floor work needs to be done also at the elementary school.

"We would like to add new bleachers in the gym and possibly air conditioning in the gym," he said.

The superintendent said voters need to understand there is no tax increase involved in the transfer of funds. "We keep the same tax," he said.

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