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USD 204’s property tax rate will decrease slightly next year

August 8, 2012

Increased property values — largely due to the Hollywood Casino — will mean a slight property tax decrease for Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204.

The appraised values for property within the school district’s boundaries appear to have grown by nearly 10 percent, and that means the district’s overall tax levy will decrease by 1.12 mills for 2012-2013, the school board learned at its regular meeting Monday. Eric Hansen, business and human resources manager for the district, estimated that owners of a $125,000 home would pay about $16 less in taxes next year than they do this year.

Hansen presented the proposed 2012-2013 budget, which calls for a total levy of 63.59 mills, compared to the current 64.71 mills. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed property valuation.

Hansen said appraised values in the district experienced a modest gain of 1 percent for 2011-2012, but based upon reports from the Wyandotte and Leavenworth county clerks, growth in assessed values may approach 10 percent. This likely is thanks to Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, which is mostly within the district’s boundaries.

The district’s budget reflects a 1.5 percent enrollment growth of 36 full-time equivalent students, compared to 47 last year. District officials continue to be cautious about the economy, and they’re budgeting for 5.9 percent property tax delinquencies, even though delinquency rates averaged about 2.9 percent in 2011.

Hansen said if per-pupil aid from the state is not reduced further in 2012-2013, the general fund budget authority is expected to increase by $422,000 to $14,817,750 when compared to the 2012 budget.

Because the enrollment percentage growth last year was larger than the assessed valuation percentage growth, the assessed valuation per pupil fell, so this year the district will see an increase in its state aid from 36.1 percent to 37.9 percent. However, Hansen said the expected 10 percent increase in assessed valuation this year, without a greater-than-expected boost to enrollment,would mean next year’s state aid rates will fall.

The district’s debt payments on the three bond issues on the books also will decrease by about $107,000 this year to $3.12 million.

The supplemental general fund budget authority will increase by $223,093, which will raise that fund’s property tax rate, but that is negated by a decrease in the mills the district levies for its Bond and Interest Fund.

In other business, the board:

• Increased adult breakfast price from $1.55 to $1.85, as required under federal mandate.

• Conducted a 30-minute executive session for an attorney-client privileged discussion and non-elected personnel, and following the session, approved classified employee salaries.

• Approved these new contracts for Bonner Springs High School: Sherry Graf, food service; Michelle Hagen, science; Anne Holt, secretary; Ryne Huff, social studies; Jacob Johnson, math; Adam Loecker, math; Jannette Madlock, science and head volleyball coach; Victoria Zonko, social studies and Orange Crush sponsor.

• Approved the following new contracts for Delaware Ridge Elementary: Ann Beattie, Title 1 reading coach; Cynthia Hancock, vocal music; Terry Harvey Jr., fourth grade; Melanie Wilson, food service.

• Approved the following new contracts for Clark Middle School: Stacey King, CMS interventionist; Kelsey Stanbrough, interventionist, high school assistant girls basketball coach and middle school assistant volleyball; Helen Theno, library aide; Kerry Wixon, instructional band aide.

• Approved resignations from Morgan Grabmiller, DRE media center aide; and Dennis Nelson, Bonner Springs Elementary food service aide.

• Discussed and approved property and casualty insurance renewal.

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