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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Fayette must renew or replace levies 10.17

Written by David Green.

To renew or to replace? That’s a question Fayette village council members must answer in the next two months.

County auditor Nancy Yackee told council Thursday that two levies are expiring. Council members have until Dec. 23 to pass a resolution that would place the two issues on the May ballot.

 The 2.9 mill general operating levy was approved by voters in the 1960s and set at the current 2.9 level in 1978, according to Board of Elections director Brett Kolb. The 2.0 mill parks and recreation levy was established in 1978.

With one exception, council members have always chosen to seek five-year renewals of the levy at the original value rather than ask for a replacement levy that would update the levy to match existing property values.

The general operating levy brings in about $19,600 in revenue to the village, Yackee said. If it were to be replaced, revenue would jump to almost $44,000.

The park levy brings in more cash even though the millage amount is smaller than the operating levy. That’s because voters approved a replacement levy in 1998 which increased the value.

The park levy brings in about $22,100, Yackee said, but would increase to $30,310 through another replacement.

Yackee provided council members with examples of what the changes would mean to taxpayers.

The owner of a $50,000 home pays about $14.50 a year for the operating levy and $19.27 for parks. By replacing both levies, the same homeowner would pay about $44.40 and $30.60, for a total increase of $41 annually, or about 80 cents a week.

Yackee assisted Fayette fiscal officer Lisa Zuver and administrator Tom Spiess in examining the village’s finances to help plan next year’s budget.

She emphasized the importance of the two levies by suggesting that if they failed to obtain voter approval in May, council would have a second chance for approval in November, 2008.

If voters approved a replacement levy, Yackee said the village would not see an immediate increase in revenue.

“If you do a replacement,” she said, “the first time you’ll see it is February 2009 with the real estate taxes.”

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