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Oconto Falls school spending to rise 1.5 percent

10:26 AM, Aug. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Spending in the Oconto Falls School District for 2013-14 will increase by about 1.5 percent.

The general fund is going up $285,000 to just over $1.85 million under a budget approved by the school board on Aug. 5.

The two main sources of revenue for the budget are state equalization aid and property tax. As result of the recently passed budget, the district will see a 3 percent reduction, or about $328,000, in state aid.

As a result, the budget includes a general fund levy increase of 5 percent or $289,000 to offset that decrease in state aid, the district said in a news release.

Overall, the total tax levy for all funds showed an increase of $289,000 or 3.5 percent over the previous year. The debt service fund levy remained the same at $2.5 million.

Th actual impact on the mill rate or local property tax for individual residents will depend on the change in property values. Those numbers will not be available until Aug. 15 and will be included in the materials presented at the annual meeting on Aug. 19.

Residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the budget and ask questions at that meeting.

In other business, the board approved:

--the second reading of the One to One Technology Student/Parent Handbook.

--the resignation of Nicole Lemke, who had been with the District for two years.

--contracts for new Transportation Supervisor Robert Schindel and Abrams Elementary teacher Scott Schroeder.

--filling of additional coaching vacancies for the fall term.

The Board also met in executive session to discuss the superintendent's performance evaluation, but did not take action.

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