Two ballot questions deal with ‘Dosh levee, school board

By Gary Scott on March 7, 2015 at 12:30pm

Two propositions on the ballot for the April 7th election in Morgan County deal directly with Meredosia.

One asks if a levee tax for the building and repair of levees for the protection of the village will be levied at the rate of 0.17 percent annually for a seven-year period. The other question asks if members of the Meredosia-Chambersburg School District school board will be voted at-large.

Meredosia Village President Jim Rausch says the tax for the nearly 30-year-old levee, which hasn’t been put on the ballot for several years, does not represent an increase. He says it needs to be passed to maintain the viability of the two structures, which are downtown and on the north end of the village.

“Keep it in shape to do its job. It’s in good shape because we take care of it,” says Rausch. “Two years ago, we had a record-breaking flood that was only exceeded by the flood of 1943, and our levees held because we take care of them, we work on them, [due to the fact that they’re properly funded.]”

Meredosia-Chambersburg last attempted to go to an at-large format in the April 2011 election, but it failed that year. Superintendent Ron Gilbert explains why the measure is being pushed.

“Presently, we do have a vacant seat on the board. It’s not uncommon that a lot of smaller school districts who have township boundaries struggle with filling board seats once a member decides not to run again or once they move on from their duties as a board member,” says Gilbert.

“Even some of your larger school districts are starting to experience this same phenomenon. So, we’re trying to present an opportunity in which we can have equitable seven-member representation from the community.”

There are five school board seats up for re-election, but only four candidates. Meredosia has a seven-member board.