ACGC Operating Levy Renewal 25 Feb 14

GROVE CITY –– Discussions are underway to help prepare the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District for a vote this fall to renew the existing operation levy.

The ACGC school board voted last month to ask voters in November to renew an operating levy for another seven years.

The West Central Tribune reports the ACGC School Board on Monday clarified what role it can legally take in the process to inform citizens about the issue.

Chairman Joel Gratz said he wants to make sure proper steps are followed and that the board fulfills its responsibilities, saying they want to make sure they have their ducks in a row.

Board member Judy Raske said the board should hold meetings in each of the three towns in the district to make sure residents receive accurate information about the proposed levy.

Business Manager Dan Tait told the board it can provide information about the proposed levy and encourage discussion about it, but he said the board must “tread very lightly” and not politicize the issue by telling people how they should vote.

The district has a current per pupil levy of $1,075, which generates about $400,000 a year.