MAMMOTH SPRING -Mammoth Spring School District patrons will have the opportunity to go to the polls June 3 in a special school election to answer a request made by the school board regarding the millage rate in the district.
In November 2002 the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a ruling that requires all school districts in the state to have 25 annual maintenance and operations (M&O) mills in place prior to Jan. 1, 2004.
The court gave the district two choices related to meeting the new M&O requirement. The first choice would be to allow the quorum court to set the rate in each school district that does not have a 25 M&O. The second choice would be for the M&O rate to be increased by the voters of the district.
According to Ron Taylor, who will take the reigns as Mammoth Spring School superintendent July 1, if the court sets the rate, it will be set at 31.76. The current M&O rate in the district is 19.63 with a debt service of 6.76. Because the court cannot be involved in the debt service at the school an additional 5.37 will be added making the final M&O rate plus debt service 31.76.
Taylor said if the voters elect to raise the M&O rate in the district to 25 mills the total levy in the district would be set at 27.89 mills. The current levy is 26.39 mills.
Taylor said if the issue is defeated at the polls June 3 the Fulton County Quorum Court will impose enough new mills to bring the district up to the 25. M&O mills. He stressed that the court does not have the authority to transfer mills from the debt service so an additional 6.76 will be added bringing it to 31.76.
"It is vitally important to the district in light of the governor's effort to consolidate any school with an enrollment of less than 1,500 that we do everything we can to get into a position to make a case, for Mammoth Spring Schools continues existence as an independent district," he said. "I would urge people to come out and vote and support this issue on June 3, Taylor said.