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School district keeps property tax levy going

Money going to additional bus lanes

School board adopts budget

The Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board also unanimously adopted its 2018-2019 proposed budget at its meeting July 10.

This year’s Budget Limit is $15,991,973 with $13,764,153 going to maintenance and operation and $469,574 going to unrestricted capital. There is also $1,758,246 dedicated to federal projects.

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The Chino Valley Unified School District voted unanimously to collect $81,000 through the adjacent ways levy, which is a continuation of the primary property tax, at its regular meeting July 10.

Earlier in June, Superintendent John Scholl said this is something the district has been doing for a number of years and does not mean the district is raising taxes. Rather, it’s a continuation of a tax, Scholl said.

Director of Business Services Rebekka Bartels said the request of $81,000 was the same as last year, noting that it would mean taxes on a $100,000 home would be $4.34 per year.

In June, Scholl said the district is limited with what it can do with the money and cannot use it for salaries or buildings. At the meeting Tuesday, he said the plan to change and add a bus lane behind Del Rio Elementary School and tie it into the exiting bus lane looping around Heritage Middle School are the same.

“What would happen is buses would come onto the bus lane from (Road) 2 North and they would line up behind Heritage and Del Rio. Kids getting on buses would go behind the school, kids getting in cars would go in front of the school,” he said. “That way we’re not mixing the cars and the buses.”

Anyone who has been by Del Rio Elementary School and Heritage Middle School, especially at the beginning of the school year, knows how hectic it can be with cars and buses, Scholl said. The bus lane would make it safer and more efficient, he said.

There was no public comment about the matter, but Board Member Annie Mortensen did ask about the pickup at Territorial Early Childhood Center, noting she constantly hears about how bad it can get.

“I haven’t seen it for myself, but I’ve just had people tell me about it,” Mortensen said.

There have been discussions about trying to move the buses around and possibly behind the school, but there’s not a whole lot that can be done, Scholl said. Traffic does back up and can get really bad, which has caused the Chino Valley Police Department to ask the district to make changes, but it mostly has to do with how more parents pick up the younger kids as opposed to them taking the bus, he said.