AVON - Avon Schools is asking residents to renew its permanent improvement levy and make it continuous, which would allow the district to maintain buildings and purchase buses and technology. It would not go toward personnel costs like benefits or salaries, Superintendent Mike Laub said.
"People ask well what's the difference between a (permanent improvement) and a regular operating levy or an emergency (levy)? A PI is for protecting our investments, so we use that money to fix roofs, pave parking lots, to fix HVAC systems. We also purchase buses out of that money - basically it covers anything that has a shelf life of over five years in our district, it includes technology."
What it is: 1.25-mill renewal levy
How much it would raise: $864,303 a year
Purpose: For building upkeep, bus and technology purchases
Cost to a homeowner: The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $33.12 a year.
This renewal request comes roughly a year after the district's substitute levy passed, bundling all five of its emergency levies into one. The permanent improvement renewal was hinted then as the next step in solidifying the district's funding, because it could not be bundled with the five emergency levies. Much like last year's substitute levy, this continuous renewal would not raise taxes because it is the same millage homeowners already pay.
"We told everybody last year when we campaigned that this would be the next step in the process, so it's the next step in the process," Laub said. "We know that we're going to have an operating issue at some point in time in the near future, we're not sure exactly when, but we know that we're going to need that at some point in time. But obviously the issue at hand is the one that we're most concerned with, and that's getting our PI money secured so that can continue to protect our investments."
Laub is hopeful that taxpayers pass Issue 3.
"We have been very fortunate to have support from our taxpayers regularly in Avon, and I certainly appreciate that. … I'm a resident as well, and I think it's a wise way to continue to take money and have it available to protect our investments, so I certainly hope it passes. I don't ever expect anything, but I certainly appreciate our community's support."