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Mid-Prairie Examines District Financial Report

Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 6:22 am
Author: Joe Cerwinske

At the most recent Mid-Prairie School Board meeting, Business Manager Jeff Swartzentruber presented the district financial report for the next school year. With the district’s enrollment increased this year, he says there will be more money allotted from the state, though not as much as they had hoped. The 1.1% increase in allowable growth the state legislature approved will mean Mid-Prairie will receive approximately $6,600 per student for the coming school year.

Swartzentruber also discussed the property tax levy amount for next year, estimating it to be $13.90 per $1,000. He says that would mark a $.15 increase from the 2017 figures, and believes people will be pleased they’re able to keep that number low. He explains, “As you look at us, with our adjacent districts, we have traditionally been in the next-to-bottom valuation of the districts around us. Although you can never say for sure, but if we’re looking at what our rates look like compared to others last year, and look at our increase, we’re still in that lower range. We feel really good about where we’re at and the services we’re able to provide to our families and people that choose to open enroll into our district.” Swartzentruber says the property tax levy could change slightly before it’s made official, but he feels it won’t be a huge difference.

This school year the levy for the Washington School District was $15.90 per $1,000, and in the Highland School District it was $14.78.