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Pomeroy and Dayton are asking district voters for approval of levies.

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Voters in Pomeroy and Dayton school districts may have already found ballots in their mailboxes for the special election Feb. 8.

Pomeroy School District is seeking a $661,076 one-year replacement maintenance and operation levy.

Cost to property owners is estimated at $2.78 per $1,000 assessed valuation, meaning the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would be assessed $278 in 2012 if the levy passes.

The levy amount is higher than the last levy, but the tax rate is the same, Superintendent Kim Spacek said.

Dayton School District is seeking a $250,000 supplemental maintenance and operation levy to help offset anticipated cuts in state funding.

Cost to taxpayers will be .45 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation, or $45 for the owner of a property valued at $100,000.

If the measure passes, the levy will be added to the M&O levy voters approved in February 2010.

A Talking Points document provided by the district states: "... it is the hope of the District that local taxpayers will accept the additional tax burden resulting from anti-tax votes and slumping state revenues. Without these funds it is clear that some significant changes would be necessary in many areas of the District's budget in order to run a balanced budget in 2011-2012 and beyond."

If state cuts turn out to be less severe than anticipated, money from the levy will be used to restore some services already cut, including counseling, and possibly library and office support staff.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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