Dayton levy to take smaller tax bite than expected

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DAYTON -- The proposed $250,000 levy the Dayton School District will ask voters to approve in February will cost taxpayers less than originally thought.

Columbia County Assessor Chris Miller discovered an error in calculations of the cost per $1,000 assessed valuation when ballot information was passed to her.

Rather than 65 cents per $1,000, the levy, if passed, will be 45 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation. The error occurred when Superintendent Doug Johnson used the wrong tax table to calculate the levy rate.

The district is seeking the supplemental maintenance and operation levy to help offset state budget cuts, and to maintain current programs.

Voters with questions about the upcoming levy can contact Johnson at 382-2543 or at dougj@daytonsd.org, or by attending school board meetings Jan. 5 and Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the district board room.

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