School Board Split On Use of Rec Board Levy Funds

School Board Split On Use of Rec Board Levy Funds

The Johnson County School Board voted to set the Mill Levy for the Johnson County Recreation Board for Fiscal Year 2015 at a full mill, but not before some discussions involving the amount they should set and whether the Rec Board should have more oversight than it does when allocating funds.

School Board Trustee Linda Clark said she was not pleased with the amount of money the Rec Board allocated to the YMCA for their natatorium, considering the school district would be a major user of the facility for their swimming sports teams.
She suggested it might be time to re-examine the school board overseeing the Rec Board in the future.

Trustee Greg Haas said he could not support a full mill vote this year, based on last year's vote and the reasoning behind that.

He explained further.

Trustee Grace Gosar also said she was unhappy with the Rec Board.

Gosar went on to say she felt there is a conflict of interest with Jack Tarter as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and the Rec District.

Trustee Nicole Novotny-Wonka said she agreed with Haas and Gosar, but said she felt it odd that the school district applied for money from the Rec Board when the school board has control over setting the Mill Levy. She felt those projects might be better funded through the district.

The board voted 6-3 to set the Recreation District's Mill Levy at a full mill, which will be worth somewhere between $865,000 and $870,000, according to district estimates.

The board will also discuss the possibility of gutting the Rec District Board and starting over at their annual retreat later this summer.

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