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Tooele District to vote on a $600,000 leeway

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The Tooele School District has dusted itself off and jumped back into the ring to ask voters to approve a voted leeway proposal, which would bring in about $600,000 for schools next year.

The leeway would add $33 annually in property tax on a $100,000 home.The money would fund increased costs of opening Anna Smith Elementary in Wendover, 10 classrooms each at Stansbury and East elementaries, and a multipurpose room at Harris Elementary.

But some taxpayers believe the district should cut back, particularly on its fleet, before asking for more money.

The Tooele Board of Education last February passed a board leeway to add $22 to the property tax on a $100,000 home. But a new property tax law prevents it from going into effect until July 1999, unless it goes up for a public vote. The district has decided to hold off until next year.

Last November, voters defeated a voted leeway proposal and a $45 million bond proposal to build two new secondary schools in the northeast quadrant.

The school district is one of four in Utah that do not participate in the state voted leeway program, which qualifies them for additional state dollars to fund public education. Tooele schools are bursting at the seams, and more growth is projected.