Aurora -- Renewal of a 1.5-mill levy for permanent improvements is essential to provide money for much-needed items and projects to keep district facilities in tip-top shape, school officials say.

The levy -- Issue 3 -- will appear on the May 6 primary ballot, and would run for an additional five years, if approved. It would provide continued funding for items such as furniture, computers, equipment and capital projects.

According to district treasurer Bill Volosin, the renewal levy would generate about $707,000 per year and continue to cost the owner of a property valued at $100,000 about $37 per year.

He added some of the items which have been purchased with the funds in the past have been carpeting for classrooms, roof replacements, bleachers at Veterans Stadium, one new bus per year, updating electrical systems in the buildings, a lift station at Harmon School, desks and cafeteria furniture and repaving of parking lots.

Volosin also said part of the Leighton School debt is paid from the permanent improvement funds, and added a permanent improvement is anything that lasts five years or more.