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Muskego district brings another lower-tax budget to public hearing

Oct. 22, 2012

Muskego - The Muskego-Norway School District will receive more state aid, meaning fewer property tax dollars from homeowners compared to last year, said Scot Ecker, director of business services.

More state aid contributed to the second year in a row of a lower school property tax levy, Ecker said.

The district annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center at Muskego High School, S8750 Racine Ave., where residents will vote on the proposed levy for the 2012-13 school year. The proposed levy is $32,741,926, which is $386,144 or 1.17 percent less than the levy for the 2011-12 school year.

This is the second year in a row that both spending and the levy have gone down, Ecker said. The last time that happened in two consecutive years was in 1995 and 1996.

Not only that, school property taxes on an average home would be $213 less than they were at the peak taxing year of 2004, Ecker said.

The proposed levy would support a proposed budget of $60,839,119 for this year, which is about $651,000, or 1 percent less, than last year. The general fund, considered the operating budget, is proposed at $1.1 million, or 2.1 percent more. The proposed total is $52,941,411.

The proposed budget calls for no program cuts, Ecker said. There is money for raises, but those still must be negotiated with employee unions, he added.

Half the additional state aid of $449,575 will be used to lower property taxes and half will be used to help rehabilitate the district's aging schools, he said.

Ecker attributed the higher aid to the district's addition of a kindergarten for 4-year-olds and changes in health insurance.

He said he believes that none of the school districts on Muskego-Norway's borders received more state aid this year.

- Jane Ford-Stewart

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