The Anthony Wayne Local Board of Education last night voted unanimously to place two 3.3-mill, five-year operating levies on the August ballot that would raise a total of $6 million annually.
One levy is a renewal of an emergency tax adopted in 2003 that generates $3 million a year and expires at the end of 2008. The other is a new tax that would raise an additional $3 million annually.
Board member Ronald Disher, who had opposed the second levy in favor of an income tax, announced he would support the additional 3.3-mill levy but would continue to work for an income tax for the school district.
Superintendent John Granger said, "If we want to maintain the quality we have in this school district, we have to pass two levies in August."
On March 4, voters in the 4,400-student district turned down a 6.5-mill levy request that would have produced $6 million annually. The new request comes to 6.6 mills because of a rounding requirement, Treasurer Kerri Johnson said.