The Village of Gratis has placed an issue on the May6, primary election ballot that could grant them 1.3 mills, to be used for operating costs.
The ballot will read to the effect of: “a renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Village of Gratis for the purpose of current expenses, at a rate not exceeding one and three-tenths (1.3) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to thirteen cents ($0.13) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015.”
Gratis Mayor Kathy Lewis said the money would be used for day-to-day operations, and this funding is found on the ballot every five years.
Since the late 1970s, the village has sought this funding to better operate as a community. Mayor Lewis said if the levy fails this spring, it will be placed again on the November ballot. Lewis said the community typically votes in a higher volume on the November ballot, but she has high hopes for the May ballot.