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Ben Logan asks for levy in November

During a special meeting Monday, the Benjamin Logan Board of Education voted 4 to 1 to place a 4-mill emergency levy on the November ballot.

Treasurer Robert Kuehnle reported the lone descending vote was that of Dr. Jason Robson, who indicated now is an inopportune time to ask for a levy.

The fixed sum the district would receive if the levy is approved is $140 per $100,000 of valuation, or $1.190 million annually.

Mr. Kuehnle maintains that asking now would save officials from going to voters for twice that amount in the next couple of years as state funding and other mandates deplete reserves.

After a recount, Ben Logan voters defeated a 10-year, 4.6-mill additional tax levy 710-710 in May.

Additionally, the board moved ahead in the House Bill 264 project in which districts can seek funding levied against potential savings in making energy-efficient upgrades throughout campuses.

The local district intends to make lighting and HVAC control upgrades to realize savings enough to fund air conditioning for all buildings.

Officials are awaiting state approval to move ahead with bidding projects out and think upgrades will take about a year to complete.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 19.

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