Re-2 to decide whether to seek tax hike
By Ivy VogelPost Independent StaffGarfield School District Re-2 will decide Tuesday whether to put a mill levy increase of $2.7 million on the November ballot.The school board discussed the mill levy price tag at a board meeting Aug. 26.A mill is one-tenth of a cent and is usually added to property tax. It generally funds operating costs and teacher salaries.If the measure is passed, $1.7 million would cover the costs for opening Coal Ridge High School.The other $1 million would pay for additional staff at other schools in the Re-2 district, which would decrease class sizes. Smaller class sizes are more conducive to learning, said Ava Lane, assistant superintendent.The $1 million would also allow the district to consider increasing staff salaries.Several staff members left Re-2 to go to higher-paying districts such as Roaring Fork Re-1 and Mesa County, said Gary Pack, superintendent of Re-2.Mill levies are determined by the assessed property value within a school district.A $2.7 million mill levy means that residential homeowners would pay $39 for every $100,000 of assessed value, which breaks down to $3.26 a month.Last year the school district put a $4 million mill levy on the ballot. The mill levy did not pass.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgRe-2 meetingThe Re-2 board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Learning Opportunity Center at the District Office on Whiteriver Avenue in Rifle. The public is invited to speak at the beginning of the meeting.
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