USD 383 to discuss mill levy

By The Mercury

The USD 383 school board will discuss its mill levy options for the first time during a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.

USD 383 will need at least $804,795 in additional funds to pay for already approved staffing additions and make up for the state funding shortfall compared to last year. The number could increase to nearly $1.33 million based on other budget requests and a proposal to provide a one percent increase in salaries and wages.

The discussion will involve projected tax impact, a draft of the district budget for discussion and discuss capital outlay projects.

The school board will also vote on final approval of a contract to purchase an estimated 33 acres of land in Pottawatomie County. The board provided initial acceptance of the terms of the contract during its July 17 meeting.

The land purchase is between the district and the owners of the land: Richard Kiner, trustee of the Kiner Residual Trust, Theresa H. Jones, trustee of the Jones Family 1994 Trust, and Kathleen Senn.

The land is north of U.S. 24 along Lake Elbo Road and is estimated to cost $247,500 based on $7,500 per acre.

Even if the board agrees to a contract signing, the land transaction doesn’t go into effect until BG Consultants gives the OK to the land’s usability as a site for a school building, according to the contract terms.

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