After Monday night's work session, the school board is leaning toward asking voters to approve a three-year local option levy at the rate of $1.29 per $1,000 in assessed property value. The board will vote on the measure at its August meeting.




The $1.29 rate is 9 cents lower than the current $1.38 rate of the youth activities levy, which the board is touting as a cut for the majority of taxpayers in the district. If approved, it will be a new tax for those outside of the city limits.




The school district received $2,224,882 in their portion of the youth activities levy for the 2005-06 school year. This local option levy could bring in just under $3 million.




Because the money will go into the general fund, concerns have been raised about club sports and other activities continuing to receive funding.




"We're going to have to reassure people that club sports aren't going to disappear," community member Lynn Costantino told the board.




The board plans to define in greater detail how the money will be used if the basic parameters of the levy are approved next month.




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