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Taylorville School Board Rejects Sale of West School Property Unanimously

The Taylorville School Board held its monthly meeting Monday evening and one of the first topics of discussion was the West School Property. There was a bid on the property of $100. That bid was rejected unanimously at the meeting.

Taylorville School Board member Steve Milling says that the bid was not worth near the amount that the property was appraised for.

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Another issue brought up at the meeting was a change in the school buses. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says that this change will be continued after it was started on Monday.

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Also at the meeting there was a discussion of the County School Facility Tax brought up previously at the board.

Fuerstenau says that if this is put in place it won’t just help Taylorville’s School District, but it will help all of the school districts in Christian County.

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Fuerstenau also said that he has previous experience with a similar version of this tax in Iowa. The tax would not be levied on Automobiles, ATV’s, Boats, Mobile Homes, unprepared food, drugs, farm equipment and parts and farm inputs. Basically the rule with this tax is that if it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed.

Another issue brought up at the meeting was the proposed 2012 tax levy. The EAV of the district, which is 1/3 of the actual market value of all property owned by the district increased to $269,566,529. The total levy for the district is at $8,283,376 which was an increase over the last levy.

Also brought to the board’s attention was the Taylorville tax rate which was at 3.437 which is one of the lowest in the area. Some other schools tax rates that are in the area are Pana at 5.073, Rochester at 4.391 and Nokomis at 4.882.

The proposed levy was passed unanimously at the meeting.

Other considerations passing unanimously at the meeting include the 2012 IMRF Executive Trustee Election Ballot Resolution and the District-wide school library grant program proposal to be submitted to the Illinois State Library.

There was going to be a discussion on the change of the district grading scale and class rank, but board member and Curriculum Committee Chairperson was not present at the meeting so that issue was tabled until next month’s meeting. That meeting will occur on December 10th.

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