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The Suburbanite
  • Louisville schools again will seek levy

  • Voters, for the third time within a year, will decide on a tax-increase request to support Louisville City Schools. Louisville Board of Education wlll put a 5.9-mill emergency levy on the May 7 ballot.

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  • Voters, for the third time within a year, will decide on a tax-increase request to support Louisville City Schools.
    School system officials recently filed to place a 5.9-mill, five-year additional emergency property tax on the May 7 ballot.
    Voters rejected a similar tax issue on Nov. 6 and Aug. 7 of the previous year.
    “This is our third and last chance before we have to literally begin dismantling this school district,” Superintendent David Redd said.
    School officials are saying the expected annual yield would be about $1.8 million.
    A property tax of the same 5.9 mills would have generated $2 million, had it passed in 2012. But because of a drop in property valuation, the same millage is producing a smaller amount now, according to Redd.
    “Even if we pass the levy, we are looking at making some cuts,” Redd said. “I would imagine with the coming school year (2013-14), we would have to cut $500,000. If the levy fails, we will have to cut $1.4 million. We haven’t identified them (reductions) now.”
    The levy, if approved, would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $181 a year. The school district has an enrollment of about 3,200.
    During the Nov. 6 election, the levy request lost by 153 votes, 4,831 to 4,678.
    “It was so close, we feel we owe it to our supporters to go again,” said Cheryl Shepherd, a school board member. “We don’t have extra luxuries to cut in Louisville. Anything we cut will directly affect the students. Our backs are against the wall.”