Residents in the West Muskingum School District will be going back to the ballots at the end of the year, because of an operating levy that will expire. Superintendent Marvin Wourms and several school board members held a meeting Monday night at Hopewell Elementary School to inform residents of tax options for the levy. First passed in 1993 and renewed in 1998, this levy has remained a property tax, but could be voted to change to an income tax. The levy brings in $600,000 each year to the district to pay for operating expenses. Making the tax an income tax would allow the district the opportunity to possibly make more than that amount. The school district passed a 6.44 mills bond issue in November, 2002 for construction and upgrade projects, but this levy would not be asking residents to pay further money out of their pockets. Residents will be given a second opportunity to find out informaiton about this tax option on Monday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Richey Elementary School.