The Calhoun County Board of Education has placed an operational levy on the May 13 Primary Ballot.

Rural school systems with low enrollment are facing financial problems, particularly those that do not have special levies supporting education.

Calhoun is one of about a dozen counties that does not have an operational levy.

The county school system has accumulated a deficit of about $850,000, primarily due to a decreasing enrollment, the system primarily funded by the state school formula, which is based on current enrollment.

The five-year levy would provide financial support beginning July 1, 2014.


1. To provide funds to repair and maintain all school facilities, to purchase needed custodial supplies and equipment, to defray utility costs, and to continue existing containment contracts on equipment. ($311,723).

2. To provide funds for supplies, textbooks, workbooks, fine arts, technology and library operations, to defray vocational and extended curriculum costs and to restore supplements to county support organizations. ($155,861)

3. To provide supplements and transportation for extracurricular secondary school programs, hand supplements and program, to restore funds for substitutes, inclusive of professional and school personnel. ($155,862)

TOTAL $623,446 (annually)

Acting superintendent Dan Metz has released a chart to allow taxpayers to calculate their tax increases in passing the levy.

Metz said any group(s) that would like to have someone speak to them about the levy to call the county office.

Calculate Your Taxes on School Levy 2014

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