Bellevue Schools get some bucks from late taxes

BELLEVUE Bellevue school officials are deciding what to do with an extra $300,000 in tax revenue that fell into their la
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

BELLEVUE

Bellevue school officials are deciding what to do with an extra $300,000 in tax revenue that fell into their laps in October.

The school board voted Dec. 20 to appropriate the new money and discussed the best ways to put it to use.

The new money came from previously unpaid property taxes owed by Bellevue plastics manufacturer Sunprene Co. and Armstrong Air Conditioning Inc.

Armstrong Air failed to file its taxes on time in 2006 and ended up owing more than $230,000 in property taxes to Huron County this year.

About 70 percent of that money went to Bellevue Schools, according to Huron County deputy auditor Annie Saunders.

Saunders said Sunprene Co. was in the process of adjusting its property tax value for the years of 2002-2004.

"This was all additional money that came in last year, and it's been sitting out there going through the process of review and re-determination," she said. "It's just like if you get an extra paycheck. Now (the school district) is deciding the appropriate place to actually put it."

Bellevue Schools Superintendent Stephen Schumm wants to use a portion of the money to buy new textbooks.

"We have needs in the textbook technology area, and this is going to help us," he said Thursday.

Schumm also recommended repairing some of the district's heating and ventilation systems and buying interactive Smart Boards by Feb. 1 for each of the district's seven buildings.

The Smart Board is an interactive white board with a touch-sensitive surface that controls a computer.

We're behind on technology," Schumm said. "That's what I plan on doing with a lot of the money."