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Tax levy wins approval from school board, which chooses lowest option

Chuck Schneider
Principal-superintendent, Tonica Grade School
Chuck Schneider Principal-superintendent, Tonica Grade School

TONICA — The Tonica School Board has approved a new tax levy, opting for the lowest presented option — an increase of 4.55 percent.

“There are times where we’ll have to go to the taxpayers for more money, but I think right now is a time we can take less,” said board member Ritch Fundell. “Why take the extra amount if we’re going to be fine with what we have?”

Board member Julie Zimmer voiced her agreement.

“I want people here in the town, and I want the school to grow, not dwindle,” she said.

To that end, she decided going with the lowest rate presented made sense.

Lower rates, however, do not mean lower taxes, a fact those present wanted to be sure was clear.

“The dollar amount is going up; the rate is going down,” said board president Al Leffelman.

District financial consultant James Whitmore explained that this is a result of other factors. “The value on your house is continually rising,” he said.

Nevertheless, Whitmore said the rate, at least, was going to look nice compared to previous years.

In other discussion, the district is looking to retain authority to issue working cash bonds.

Tonica is also looking forward to the reintroduction of a K-5 art program, with two interviewees for the position, which would run on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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