MINSTER – At arecent meeting of the Service Club of Minster, Minster Local Schools Superintendent Brenda Boecke and treasurer Laura Klosterman described the positive outcomes of passage of the Minster School’s .2 mill recreation replacement levy.
“At a cost of approximately $7 annually on a $100,000 home, the school can realize $30,695 per year for five years,” said Boecke.
Boecke said the recreation levy has been regularly passed for around 50 years. But due to de-valuation of homes, the income from the current levy had declined to around $13,000. Other income sources have also dried up, including the personal tangible business tax, which was eliminated in 2004. This replacement level would return income levels to 2004 levels.
Specific projects the school wants to address include work at Melcher Street Park, where they plan to preserve the ball field, update the playground, and repair waterlines in the park’s restroom. They also want to resurface the east Tennis courts at the Seventh Street Park, expand the elementary school playground, and repair the Memorial Field Concession Stand roof.
“This can also help pay utilities, and maintain landscaping.”
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