CLINTON — A little less than a month after the Clinton School Board decided to reinstate the Instructional Support Levy for five years, a petition has been submitted requesting the issue be put before Clinton School District residents at the polls.

Community members submitted the petition, containing approximately 475 signatures, at the Roosevelt Administration Center on Monday at 8:55 a.m.

The ISL generates funds to be used for instructional services, ongoing programs or any general fund purpose, including teacher salaries. The funds for the ISL come from a combination of state aid, income surtax and property tax dollars. The community first approved the levy in April 2003, with the board setting it at 5 percent and increasing it by 1 percent each year. A levy rate of 9 percent was set for the 2007-2008 school year.

Ten percent is the maximum that can be levied. Last year the Clinton district received $188,888 from the state, $1,028,289 from the surtax and $105,418 from property tax for a total funding of $1.3 million.

Facing the end of the levy approved in 2003, the board’s vote to reinstate the levy would have put it into effect from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.

Following a school board meeting on July 9, the public had 28 days to object to the action. To object to the resolution, a petition had to be filed with the district’s business director and contain 401 signatures. Clinton County Auditor Charlie Sheridan said the number of required signatures is determined by the number of people who voted in the last school board election. According to Sheridan, 1,353 voters cast ballots in the last election in September.

Clinton School District Chief Financial Officer and School Board Secretary/Treasurer Gayle Isaac said now that a petition has been presented, the petition will be checked to make sure it is valid and meets outlined requirements. Isaac said he and others will be validating the signatures and making sure the signers reside within the school district.

He said he hopes to appear before the school board at its next meeting on Monday night with the findings. If it is determined there are at least 401 eligible petitioners, the board either can rescind the resolution and take no further action, or rescind the resolution and ask Sheridan to place it on a ballot and hold a special election.

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