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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
THOMASBORO — Thomasboro school board last week approved its 2013 tax levy that is 13.98 percent higher than last year.
Superintendent Bonnie McArthur said the levy seeks to raise a total of $680,289 in property tax money.
The higher levy doesn’t mean property taxes paid to the district will increase by that amount. It hinges on the equalized assessed valuation of property in the district.
“We are asking for an increase ... in case farmland values increase,” McArthur said.
The board meeting followed a tax levy hearing, which no one from the public attended.
McArthur told the board that Mark Mullen, the district’s Illinois State Board of Education adviser, had “gone through our tax levy with us.”
In her quarterly financial report, McArthur told the board that the district would lose $65,664 in general state aid this school year.
She said an increase of $75,867 in reserve funds is needed. The board expects to spend $262,507 in reserves this fiscal year, largely due to a reduction in state funding.
The board approved a resolution to abate 100 of the property taxes earmarked to pay $73,330 in debt service. Instead of property tax, that bond payment will be paid from the 1 percent special state sales tax approved by voters several years ago.
Stephanie Alessi reported to the board that she had entered the names of the family of the late Duane Wolken into an Illini Rado Group promotion as needing help for the holidays, and the Wolkens were selected.
Mary, Devin and Darren Wolken will receive more than $900 worth of prizes, including gift certificates to Meijer grocery store, gas cards and restaurant gift cards.
The board learned that the school roof repair project has been completed. Total cost was $151,766, the bulk of which will be paid out of health/life/safety funds, and $13,396 of which will be paid from the 1 percent sales tax money.
The board was given an updated and prioritized list for buildings and grounds projects, which will be paid for from state sales tax money.
Kendra Good thanked the board for its support while she worked as bookkeeper at the grade school. She said she enjoyed working at the school for the past 12 years and she would miss everyone.
In personnel action, the board voted to approve Good’s resignation and approved the employment of her replacement — Jennifer Bohmann. The board also voted to remove Good as its Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund authorized agent and to replace her with Bohmann.
In other personnel action, the board approved the resignations of Chris Johnson, head volleyball coach; Doug Mennenga, assistant boys basketball coach; and Olivia Grilo, assistant volleyball coach.
The board approved the employment of Olivia Grob, head volleyball coach, and Earl Hess, assistant boys basketball coach.