MOUNT VERNON — Information regarding the upcoming emergency property levy for Mount Vernon City Schools on the May 3 ballot was shared with local residents Monday evening at the Mount Vernon High School auditorium. District superintendent Steve Short took it upon himself to conduct a town hall-style meeting to share information and answer questions from those in attendance with assistance from district treasurer Barbara Donohue.
Short presented a PowerPoint presentation outlining the needs of the district, showing cuts which have been made and the effect a levy passage or failure would have on the district. He reminded everyone in his opening remarks that the school district has not asked for an emergency levy since 1996. All issues in the past 15 years have been renewal levies. Money from permanent improvement levies have gone toward fixtures, those with a five-year life expectancy.