June 1, 2016


Voters renew two levies for Amherst Schools

AMHERST — Amherst Schools Superintendent Steve Sayers said everyone at the school district will “have an extra bounce in their step” after news that two levies for the school were renewed.

The renewals — a 7.55-mill emergency operating levy and 2-mill permanent levy — were approved by more than 60 percent of voters Tuesday, according to unofficial voting results. The levies would raise approximately $4.7 million, making up for $4 million in cuts made by the state, according to the district’s website.

Sayers said the levies were likely passed because voters would not have to pay additional costs, but he said Tuesday night that he was still pleased at the results.

“They were renewal levies, but we did not take them for granted,” he said. “We had a great levy committee.”

The levies will be used for funding classroom materials, student services, programming and staff and teacher salaries, as well as facility maintenance, Sayers said in a pre-election interview.

Sayers said he was “thrilled for (the) students,” and he thanked the voters for their support.

“I just want to say thank you for stepping up and supporting our students. This will allow us to continue our services,” he said.

Issue 8

  • What it is: A 7.55-mill emergency operating levy.
  • Duration: 10 years.
  • How much it raises: Approximately $4 million.
  • Purpose: Renewal of an existing levy to fund classroom materials, student services and programming and staff and teacher salaries.
  • Cost to homeowner/taxpayer: The owner of a $100,000 home continues to pay $19.27 per month.

Issue 9

  • What it is: A 2-mill permanent improvement levy.
  • Duration: Continuing.
  • How much it raises: About $700,000.
  • Purpose: A renewal of an existing levy to be used for facility maintenance.
  • Cost to homeowner/taxpayer: The owner of a $100,000 home continues to pay $3.01 per month.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.