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School District 833 proposed '14 levy approved

South Washington County Schools has proposed a $49 million property tax levy for next year, but the final amount that will be levied from district property taxpayers will depend on the outcome of the Nov. 5 school referendum.

The District 833 School Board on Thursday, Sept. 26, voted 7-0 to approve the $49.12 million proposed levy for 2014. It is the maximum-allowed levy under state law and it would represent a 9 percent drop from the current $54.06 million levy.

However, the proposed amount for 2014 takes into account state property tax relief and the elimination of a voter-approved levy that is set to expire this year, Finance Director Aaron Bushberger said. That levy renewal is part of the Nov. 5 referendum and the approval of the levies on the November ballot would affect the district’s final levy for 2014.

The final levy vote is tentatively planned for Dec. 19, according to a report by Bushberger.

In the past four years, the district’s levy has stayed relatively flat.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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