Anderson Middle Schoo

A community forum on the Millard Public Schools' levy override election is held at Anderson Middle School on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Millard officials say they aren’t likely to levy the full 9 cents next year if voters approve the override.

Using only a portion of the authority appears entirely feasible, according to an analysis by The World-Herald.

School board members could cover the district’s projected needs by levying less than 4 cents of the override if property values go up an average amount, even if state aid doesn’t go up.

Superintendent Jim Sutfin is forecasting a 3 percent increase in expenditures next year.

A 3 percent increase on this year’s $227.9 million budget would be about $6.8 million.

Because state aid is subject to a variety of factors, let’s leave it unchanged for this scenario.

If Millard’s valuation increased next year by its five-year average rise of about 2.6 percent, Millard would reap an additional $2.8 million from its $1.05 general fund levy.

The extra revenue from the valuation increase would leave $4 million to be covered by the extra levy authority. That would require a tax hike of 3.8 cents.

How Millard Public Schools' proposed levy override would affect taxes

District officials say they are unlikely to tap the full extra 9 cents per $100 valuation. Here is the impact of various increases in Millard school taxes on a $150,000 house.

*current rate

Rate Tax bill
*$1.22 *$1,830
+3 cents +$45
+6 cents +$90
+9 cents +$135

So, under this scenario, what would be the impact for the owner of a $150,000 house? The combination of the valuation increase and additional 3.8 cents would add $99.33 to the tax bill.

Under this scenario, the total Millard levy would rise from about $1.22 to $1.258. Factoring in the valuation increase, the total school portion of the tax bill on a house valued at $150,000 this year would increase from $1,830 to $1,936 next year.

This scenario is hypothetical, of course. Valuation and state aid decisions rest with the assessor and state lawmakers.

Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

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