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MILLARD TAX HIKE ON HOLD, THANKS TO IPA AGREEMENT

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Millard County property owners won't have to pay a proposed tax increase to support the county's schools because an alleviation agreement with the Intermountain Power Agency in Delta can be amended to provide the funds.

As a result, the board of education voted to rescind the proposed tax increase, which members thought would be necessary to fund growth in the county's secondary schools.For instance, Millard High School has about 400 students, reflecting a growth of about 100 during the past five years. Delta High School's numbers are about double that of Millard High, with 800 students and a growth of 200 during the period.

Taxpayers will benefit from savings incurred by modifying the alleviation agreement, which also allows protection for the school district in case of a major shift in the taxing structure during the next few years.

Board members said they feel the agreement is in keeping with good business practices and are pleased that the proposed tax increase won't be needed.

The need for additional revenue hasn't gone away, however.

Money is needed for construction costs of buildings during the next two years. It was noted that building materials have increased in cost as much as 50 percent in some cases. A lack of competitive bidding by contractors is contributing to the problem, board members agreed, with many contractors encumbered with other projects.