Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2013

Coleridge school levy shows large decrease

COLERIDGE — The property tax request for the Coleridge School is down from the previous year.

The tax request is close to $92,500 less than last years request.

Last years amount was $2,068,450 — this years request is at $1,975,970.

The levy, which was at .9255 last year, was set at .6989 for the 2013-14 school year.

Coleridge School board members put a lot of thought into the 2013-14 budget at a special budget workshop that was held at the end of August.

Board members had to deal with a decrease in state aid, along with an increase in the teachers’ salaries.

State aid for the Coleridge district will be less than $11,000.

Board member Brian Holcomb remembered a time when the school was receiving an amount that was significantly larger.

“When I was first on the school board, Coleridge’s state aid was right at $800,000,” Holcomb said.

Board member Karla Hansen had questioned if it was necessary to add money into the special building fund for this years budget.

“We have been doing a lot of work to keep the school up,” she said. “Do we need funds for this year?”

Board members made the decision against asking for taxes to be put into the special building fund for the 2013-14 budget.

There would be no problem to put any special improvement projects on hold for one year.

Supt. Randy Klooz praised the Coleridge school board members for the work they have done on their budgets.

“Coleridge has done a great job with their budgets in the past,” Klooz said.

 

The Coleridge School District saw an increase of over $59.2 million dollars in valuation this year.

The assessed valuation for 2012 was at $223.4 million. The 2013 valuation jumped up to $282.7 million.

The proposed budget and levy hearings at both the Coleridge and Laurel-Concord schools were open to the public to allow time for questions, concerns or any criticism.

There were no visitors in attendance at the hearings that were held in Laurel or the hearings held at the Coleridge location.

 

Klooz will be working with the figures and looking at the advantages that can show up if the Laurel-Concord and Coleridge Schools reorganize into one district.

“We can take both audits and put them together and then we can see about what the levy would be if the two districts were together,” Klooz said.

Klooz believes it would save on the budget side and drop the levy.

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