A permanent improvement levy has gone a long way toward providing the Aurora City School District with much-needed funding for items such as furniture, computers, equipment and capital projects.
To continue that funding past the end of 2014, it is essential for voters to approve Issue 3, a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy which will appear on the May 6 ballot.
The Portage County auditor has determined the renewal levy would generate about $707,000 per year and continue to cost the owner of a property valued at $100,000 about $37 per year. That's a small price to pay to keep the district up to date with items and projects needed for everyday operations.
School district treasurer Bill Volosin said some of the items which have been purchased with the funds in the past have been carpeting for classrooms, roof replacements, bleachers at Veterans Stadium, one new bus per year, updating electrical systems in the buildings, a lift station at Harmon School, desks and cafeteria furniture and repaving of parking lots.
Volosin also said part of the Leighton School debt is paid from the permanent improvement funds. Generally, a permanent improvement is anything that lasts five years or more.
More than $700,000 a year is a lot of money, and it would be very tough for the school district to lose it. That's why the Advocate strongly urges voters to vote "yes" on Issue 3 to continue this funding.