Danedri Thompson
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Spring Hill patrons got an early peek at a proposed school district budget during a school board work session on July 23.
There, officials presented a budget with a slightly decreased mill levy for next year.
Christine Splichal, communications director for the Spring Hill School District, said the budget presented was not the final budget, but a rough draft that allowed board members the changes to sort through it.
Last year, school officials adopted a budget that included a 65.392 mill levy. The budget officials discussed on Monday night would include a mill levy rate of 65.292.
Officials estimate the addition of approximately 100 new students in school buildings next year. The additional students will translate into additional funds from the state, though officials noted in the budget presentation that base state aid per pupil has decreased from a high of $4,400 in 2009 to $3,383 next year.
The assessed value of the district is higher than last year – that means the district would collect more in property taxes next year if the mill levy rate remained stable. The district is valued at $125 million. That’s up $2.5 million than the year before, but slightly lower than the district’s all-time high value of $128.8 million in 2008.
The USD 230 board of education will host a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Hilltop Education Building.
Board members must adopt and submit a finalized budget to the state no later than Aug. 25.