State Tax Funds Up, Local Tax Funds Down

Here’s something you’ll be seeing in various places:

“The board voted 6-0 to approve a budget that decreases the mill levy for taxpayers by about three-quarters of a mill, from last year’s 37.378 mills to this year’s 36.624 mills. For the owner of a $100,000 home, that means paying $421.18 toward the school district this year, a decrease of about $8.67 from last year. The decrease in local taxes was possible mostly because the state’s school finance plan allows USD 457 to receive more state funds.”

(USD 457 Bullets, Garden City Telegram, August 14)

Some districts, such as USD 259, are getting more state funds and raising local rates as well. But others are cutting their own levies.

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