Board to consider mill levy increase

By Bethany Knipp

The USD 383 Board of Education members will consider raising the local mill levy to help fund its capital outlay budget, potentially raising property taxes.

The discussion will happen at the board’s Wednesday meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

Currently, the local mill levy for the district’s capital outlay budget is 6 mills.

The proposed resolution on Wednesday would be to raise it to 7 mills, according to agenda information. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed, taxable property value.

The capital outlay budget pays for long-term investments and projects for the school district, including computers and maintenance and repairs for school buildings.

Under current statute, school districts are capped at 8 mills for capital improvements.

The 7 mill proposal would apply to the 2014-15 school year and be in effect until the 2018-19 academic year. Mill levies for each school year are set annually by the board.

Director of food service Stephanie Smith will also talk about raising the price of school lunches by 10 cents to keep up with rising food prices and meet Equity in School Lunch Pricing provisions, which help schools secure money to serve students who are eligible for free lunches.

The 10-cent increase would bring lunch prices to $2.55 for elementary students, $2.70 for secondary students and $3.50 for adults for the 2014-15 school year.  The price of school breakfasts for students is not proposed to increase.









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