Final forum on M-F school levy set

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater Unified School District will hold its third and final public forum Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the proposed local option levy. The meeting will be in the Central Middle School music room.

Interim Superintendent Jim Reger will present information and answer questions about the five-year levy that will appear on May 21 ballot.

Scott Rogers of InterMountain ESD and Susan Badger-Jones and Thomas Hogstad from Energy Trust of Oregon will discuss energy-related items in the recently completed facilities assessment.

The Milton-Freewater School Board is seeking the five-year local option levy to raise additional dollars for district maintenance and support.

If approved, the levy would raise about $300,000 each of the five years locally, and generate about $350,000 in state match each year.

Local property taxes would increase by no more than $1 per $1,000 of assessed value under the proposal over the five years, starting with the 2013-14 school year.

Dollars would go toward maintenance, safety and security improvements, bus replacement and curriculum materials.

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