School renewal levy: Q and A

Editor’s note: In advance of the upcoming election, the Sidney Daily News will publish a question each week that will provide readers with information about the levy in support of Sidney City Schools that will be on the ballot. Questions and answers are provided by Sidney City Schools.

SIDNEY — Why is it called an “emergency” levy, and what is the ballot language for the renewal levy?

The term, “emergency,” was originally used to allow schools to generate a certain amount of dollars. It was a “no growth” levy to allow schools to take care of emergency needs. Legally, the term, “emergency,” is still used, but in general, it is just like a normal operating levy except there is no growth allowed. An emergency levy still needs to be renewed to meet expenses.

“Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Sidney City School District for the purpose of avoiding an operating deficit, in the sum of $4,417,364, and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 9.23 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.923 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 10 years, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020?”

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