Be sure to vote on Amherst fire, school issues


Staff Report



It may be a bare-bones ballot, but don’t mistake your vote as unimportant.

Our readers have nearly $15 million riding on the outcome of two Amherst issues in the May 2 primary:

ISSUE 1

What it is: A one-mill levy renewal for Amherst firefighter equipment, including fire trucks.

What it isn’t: The levy doesn’t go toward salaries or benefits.

How much does it generate: The levy raises $282,600 per year, which over five years totals $1.4 million.

How much does it cost: Land owners pay $2.42 per month or $29.09 per year for every $100,000 worth of property they own inside the city limits.

Will it raise taxes? No, as a renewal it would keep taxes at their present rate if passed.

ISSUE 6

What it is: A 4.9-mill emergency levy renewal for Amherst school district operating costs, including teacher and staff salaries, utilities, busing, classroom supplies, insurance, and contracted services.

What it isn’t: The levy cash can’t be used for construction or equipment and materials that would last five or more years; those items are purchased through permanent improvement funds.

How much does it generate: The levy, first passed in 2012, raises $2.67 million per year.

How much does it cost: Land owners pay $12.50 per month or $150 per year for every $100,000 worth of property they own inside the school district’s boundaries.

Will it raise taxes? No, as a renewal it would keep taxes at their present rate if passed.

Staff Report

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