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Levy fails third time

Alissa Widman Neese • Nov 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

About 61 percent of township residents voted against the district’s tax levy Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.   

If approved, the 6.73-mill, 10-year emergency operating levy proposal would have generated about $2.8 million a year for Perkins Schools. Voters rejected an identical levy in August, with 54 percent against.

With the levy’s defeat, the district’s reserve cash is set to be depleted to a mere $23,500 by the end of the current school year, according to its five-year financial forecast. Its budget is about $21 million per year.

Students also will continue to pay hefty pay-to-participate fees, as much as $730 per sport for each high school athlete and$100 per club.

Watch video with reaction from reporter Alissa Widman in the player below

Mary Bakewell, member of the Citizens for Accountable Schools committee that campaigned against the levy this fall, said the levy’s continued defeat indicates taxpayers are unhappy with the district’s current operations and administrators.

“Everyone who called me to get a ‘Vote No’ sign said they’re frustrated,” Bakewell said. “We’re extremely pleased people were able to speak up and voice their opinion by voting.”

Voters have not approved a new levy for Perkins Schools since 2000.

Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Perkins Schools levy

WHAT: 6.73-mill, 10-year emergency operating levy to fund general operations

COST: Owner of a $100,000 home would have paid $236 a year

AGAINST: 2,971

FOR: 1,881

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