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Pleasant Valley OKs 2-mill hike

The Pleasant Valley School Board voted last week to raise the tax levy on residents in the district to 148.016 mills, which represents a 2-mill increase.

The package means about a $42 increase on a home assessed at an average value of $21,030.

It has been seven years since Pleasant Valley School District has raised taxes.

The district managed to get through by consolidating schools, selling property, not replacing staff and, last year, by furloughing a few teaching positions. But with some major renovations to the high school in the future and a number of necessary repairs needing to be taken care of, the district has had to make the decision to raise taxes.

In addition to the roof repairs needed at the high school, the district is looking to work with a firm to increase safety at the entrance to the building.

Directors Russell Gould and Laura Jecker voted no on the budget. Vice President Sue Kresge was absent from the meeting.