White Lake school levy to be set Tuesday evening|
Voters in the White Lake school district will act on a 2013-14 levy that increases spending just under 3 percent Tuesday.
The district’s annual meeting, which includes adoption of the levy, will be held at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
District Administrator Bill Fisher is expected to review the budget in detail to those attending the session.
He and the board of education are recommending a total levy of $1,873,281, an increase of $49,990, or 2.74 percent.
Figuring equalized valuation of $163,197,886, the district is anticipating a mill rate of $11.48 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, up 21 cents.
That means that the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $1,148 in taxes to finance school operations, an increase of $21.
School taxes make up only a portion of the overall bill. Levies for the county, municipality, technical college and state must all be added before the total is determined.
The levy will be split between the district’s three towns and village of White Lake based on their equalized valuation. Property owners in the town of Wolf River will cover 68.46 percent of the levy; followed by Evergreen at 19.66 percent; White Lake, 9.66 percent; and Langlade, 2.22 percent.
While the levy is showing a modest increase, other portions of the budget are declining.
The Fund 10 budget, which covers most school operations with the exception of debt service, is figured at $2,780,686, a decrease of $422,196, or 13.18 percent, due largely to the completion of the school’s Recreation Center project.
And the district is receiving less from the state as well. According to preliminary numbers, White Lake will receive general aid of $464,119, a decrease of $82,373, or $15.07 percent.
In addition to the budget review and levy adoption, the annual meeting will include a mix of other business that must be decided by voters. Those areas include:
—setting the annual salaries of board members, and authorizing the payment of their expenses.
—allowing the district to pay for any legal proceedings in which it may become involved.
—authorizing the board to furnish student textbooks, school lunch and breakfast, and purchase or sell real estate and old or surplus property.
—and allow the district to borrow when necessary for school operations.
The board of education will convene for its regular monthly session at 6 p.m.
Action items include hiring a custodian, head and assistant boys’ basketball coaches and girls’ basketball coach.
The board will also act on snow removable bids, an art club field trip and policies regarding filling board vacancies.
After the annual meeting, the board will reconvene to formally approve the budget and certify the tax levy and act on assignment of fund balance.
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