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Kindergartners Emmaline Black, right, and Grant Burg, left, work on an activity at Westridge Elementary School in Elkhorn, Nebraska, Friday, August 16, 2019.

The Elkhorn school board voted earlier this week to increase the tax levy for the growing school district.

In the same meeting Monday night, the six school board members unanimously approved the 2019-20 budget.

The board increased the Elkhorn Public Schools’ tax levy by $0.025 to $1.415 per $100 of assessed value.

On a $200,000 home, that’s an increase of $50.

Many homeowners will see bigger increases because valuations of Elkhorn’s property tax base increased by about 10% over 2018.

The district’s expenditures in 2019-20 will increase by 7.5% from 2018-19.

Superintendent Bary Habrock said at the meeting that the 2019-20 budget reflects the needs of a consistently growing school district.

The district, which has grown 6% to 8% year after year, has a new preschool, an elementary school, a middle school and a high school under construction.

The district is anticipating that when the final K-12 student count for this school year is reported to the state next month, the district will exceed 10,000 students for the first time ever.

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Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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