Voter-approved levies account for much of the $8 million increase
BY Paul Groessel
Sun POST Newspapers
The Osseo Area Schools 2014 tax levy was approved during a school board meeting Dec. 3.
Assistant Supt. Kim Riesgraf said the 2014 tax levy will be an $8 million increase from 2013, which includes the two voter-approved levies for operating and technology expenses.
The operating levy approved by voters in the November election will annually provide $9 million more than the existing levy, and the technology levy will provide $5 million in additional funding for the next 10 years. These funds would be dedicated to providing student technological equipment and curriculum.
The voter-approved levies accounted for much of the $73.6 million to $81.6 million increase for the districts’ funds that are supported by tax dollars. Some of the fund increases were offset by a decrease in debt payments, which will decline by $2.5 million in 2014.
During the 2013 state legislative session, per-pupil funding was increased 1.5 percent for the 2014 school year, but it still lags behind yearly inflationary increases, Riesgraf said.
The school board unanimously approved the levy without any discussion. Unlike city and county budget cycles, school district levies are approved before Jan. 1, but school district budgets are approved in June, prior to the school year’s July start.
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