School district to continue levy

Members of the Milaca School Board certified the 2013-14 tax levy at the maximum amount during their Sept. 18 meeting.

The final amount will be certified at the December meeting, a meeting at which the annual truth in taxation hearing will also be held.

The proposed budget for next school year does not include money from the levy that will be voted on at the November election.

That levy of approximately $1.02 per household will raise about $160,000, with about 54 percent of that money coming from the state.

That levy is in place now and the district is seeking to continue it.

Next year’s budget is also figured with the current figure of $5,224 per-pupil state aid.

“We don’t know what they’re going to do so we have to use that figure,” said business manager Scott Nelson Monday.

In January the board will have a work session to fine tune the budget, said Superintendent Jerry Hansen.

Hansen said the board will look at what it can do “to stave off 2016.”

Hansen referred to projections that show the district going into statutory operating debt by 2016 if there aren’t sufficient revenue increases.