Northmont Schools hope to renew levy in May, make it permanent

Northmont City Schools will have a 5.9-mill renewal levy on the May 2 ballot to continue funding day-to-day operations of the district.

If passed, the levy would continue to generate $3.5 million annually for the district, and would not increase costs for residents, keeping that rate at $180.69 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home, according to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office.

However, this vote would turn the levy from a five-year recurring measure to a permanent tax. Northmont Treasurer Ann Bernardo said district voters had already renewed the levy at least once, adding that it accounts for about 6 percent of Northmont’s annual budget.

“We know the need’s not going away, we want to avoid levy fatigue, and every time you go on the ballot there’s a cost to it, so those are three reasons (to make the levy permanent),” Superintendent Tony Thomas said. “A major message will be that this means no new taxes, and supporting the excellent tradition at Northmont.”

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