Newton schools renewal levy passes

By Cody Willoughby -

PLEASANT HILL — The Issue 6 Newton Local School district renewal levy has passed, with participating precincts voting 60.94 percent for and 39.06 percent against the levy, according to unofficial results.

The 0.75-percent proposed income tax renewal will be continuous for three years. The levy has been effective within the district since being first implemented in 2003.

The income tax currently brings in approximately $600,000, accounting for nearly one-tenth of the district’s $7 million annual budget.

Superintendent Pat McBride noted that this revenue would help continue to support the quality education Newton currently provides to all its students. McBride noted that the proposed income tax would benefit various areas of the district’s budget, including facility maintenance, classroom materials, programming expenses, teacher salaries, and more.

“Generally speaking, we’ve taken great advantage of areas where we could save in the past, and we continue to do that,” McBride said. “We’ve been able to have revenues exceed expenses in 11 of the last 12 years. We feel very confident that that’s a sign we’ve been good investors and maintained good stewardship over the funds we receive. We’re on stable ground financially, and we have the support of our community to thank for that.”

By Cody Willoughby