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Money would be used for safety and education issues

VICTOR - Victor school officials will ask residents on May 2 to approve a levy increase of 20.29 mills, or $84,677.79, to help the school district manage a declining budget and address safety and education issues facing the school.

The owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000 would see an increase of $73.65 in school taxes. Taxable value can be found on the property owner's tax statement and is not the same as assessed value.

A prepared fact sheet from Victor Superintendent Orville Getz's office spells out the need for the levy. The district has reduced administrative positions from four full-time employees to two full-time and one part-time position. It also cut supporting staff to cope with budget reductions created by new state legislation and a decline in enrollment two years ago which leveled off and now has remained steady.

School officials bought a used photocopier instead of a new copier and bought school supplies cooperatively with other area schools to save money. They have also maximized grant opportunities.

If voters approve the levy, it will enable school officials to provide better science labs at the middle- and high-school levels, retrofit the middle school science room (classes are currently being held in the old cafeteria) and complete other building repairs and retrofits.

It would also allow the district to correct building safety issues to meet state and federal codes, keep classroom sizes small and retain qualified staff. School officials would use more of the general fund to bring teachers' salaries up to a more comparable range within state and valley standards, the fact sheet states.

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