At their meeting this week,the Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees voted to raise the mill levy for the Johnson County Rec District from a half a mill to a full mill.
Based on preliminary figures from the state, each mill will be worth roughly $790,000.
Although the School Board has no direct influence on the Rec District Board's decisions, discussions by the School Board concerning the steadily deteriorating YMCA building prompted the board to discuss adding the other half mill for the Rec District.
The board members and the public were given opportunity to discuss the possibility of adding the other half mill, and most chose to do so. All but Nicole Novotny-Wonka spoke in favor of adding the half mill, with Wonka saying she did not feel comfortable increasing taxes on county residents even though she was in favor of the idea of what could be done with the extra funds.
Board member Marcy Schueler gave no comment.
Public comments were taken from Mike Quast, Director of the YMCA, and Dave Harness, who both spoke in favor of the school board adding the half mill.
JCSD1 Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler explained to the school board members what their choices were on the mill decision.
The board approved adding the second half mill for the Rec District, with Novotny-Wonka voting against.
Also passed for this year was a continuation of the half mill for BOCHES, or the Board of Cooperative Higher Education Services.
BOCHES is a partnership between Sheridan, Johnson, and Campbell Counties that uses county tax levies to better learning opportunities for residents in Northeast Wyoming.