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Residents To Vote On Replacing Aging School Bus Fleet

November 06, 2018 08:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Today, voters will make important decisions at the polls; choices that will impact their communities.

In Glenville, Minnesota, the school district is hoping to pass an operating levy increase.

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“Sometimes the Legislature may give us 1.5-2% increase and with inflation at 3% you get a little further and further behind so you go to the tax payer and say 'please help us',” said Jerry Reshetar, Superintendent of the Glennville – Emmons School District.

That’s exactly what the district is doing. Asking residents to vote "yes" to an operating levy increase so they can replace their aging school bus fleet.

“Our oldest bus is a 2002 and then I have an 2006 and 2009,” said Reshetar. “Those buses take a lot of wear and tear. It gets to the point where the maintenance is too costly, you are better off replacing them.”

According to Reshetar, at least one bus needs to be replaced right away. An estimated 130 students rely on the service each day. The district is asking for an additional $358 dollars per student which will generate about 104 thousand dollars for the district. If passed, on a home valued at about $70, 000 the property tax would increase about $30 a year.

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