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BUDGET RAISES SPENDING BY 4.9%, TAXES BY 3%

Superintendent James N. Mills reviewed the proposed $27.8 million district budget that exceeds this year's spending package by $1.32 million, a 4.9 percent increase.

He told Tuesday's public hearing on the budget that nothing new has been added and some cuts were made to help keep the tax levy under control.

With no changes in the state aid formula, the tax levy will rise by $313,253 or 3.01 percent, the smallest increase in five years.

He credited the school board with keeping the tax levy down in part by drawing $600,000 from a $1.2 million reserve fund.

He said the district's state aid is expected to rise by $1.15 million next year.

The current property tax rate is $26.12 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. District Business Administrator Bart Schuler said he would not have a projected property tax rate for next year until all state aid figures are in. He said he expected to have that figure by next Tuesday when the board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the high school library to adopt a budget.

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