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Riverside lone school levy to pass

ELECTION 2013

Indian Lake, Ben Logan attempts defeated

Two of three Logan County school districts rejected levy issues during Tuesday’s election.

Riverside Local Schools’ five-year, 1.75 percent income tax renewal with a decrease was the lone school issue to garner voter approval. Indian Lake’s 5-year 7.2-mills renewal failed 1,602 to 1,052, while Benjamin Logan’s 4-mills 10-year additional request was defeated 1,807 to 1,124.

Riverside’s issue passed by approximately 60 percent, 414 votes to 284 votes, according to unofficial results that include Shelby County totals.

“I’m ecstatic right now,” Superintendent Scott Mann said Tuesday evening after the results were announced.

“Our community always steps up and supports the school. I want to personally thank the entire community for their help.

“We’re making good financial decisions for the school district and I think the community recognizes that. We were happy to be able to offer this levy as a reduction in taxes.”

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the levy will generate about $1.144 million per year for operating expenses, which includes salaries and benefits, utilities, transportation, technology, textbooks and curriculum needs.

It replaces the current 2 percent income tax that expires at the end of 2014.

“What this lets us do is put together a long-term plan for sustainability,” the superintendent said. “We’re going to be able to put together a game plan for our district instead of just trying to stay afloat from year to year.

“This five years’ worth of money lets us build plans for the future.”

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