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Update: Capital project will not increase tax levy

Central Valley’s proposed capital project will not increase the tax levy.

That news results from small changes to the project and updated building aid information.

Superintendent Rich Hughes said original estimates had ranged from no added taxes to as much as $28 on the average home.

“Working with the state, we made some modifications to the plan that make more of the project aidable. That combined with the way the aid flows during construction means we will be able to complete the work without adding to the local property tax burden,” he said.

This is important news he said, because he knows the project’s $73.4 million cost can take people by surprise.

“The first question Central Valley taxpayers ask is, ‘How much will this cost me?’ I am pleased to say it won’t increase local taxes,” Dr. Hughes said.

The other thing he stressed was that this building project is not filled with needless add-ons. Each improvement is tied to community member’s expectations, expectations that began when they approved the merger.

“This project matches the community’s dream for a world class education for our children. We are improving our facilities in ways that will enable us to offer students the opportunities they need to be successful in their careers and college,” he said.

He encouraged everyone to watch the district website for more details.

Central Valley residents will vote on the proposal on Tuesday, May 19.