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District property tax levy may increase for next year

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a preliminary annual operating levy recently that will locally raise about $34.9 million for the 2015-16 school year. This is about 20 percent of the district's total revenue. School districts receive most of their revenue from the State of Minnesota.

The proposed property tax levy, payable in 2015, would be an increase of 4.10 percent from the current year. The effect of the school district's levy will vary for property owners depending upon individual circumstances. Property owners will receive tax statements from their counties in November with details of their specific situations. 

"Although the dollar amount has increased for 2015, there is also an anticipated growth in the tax base, so it is likely that taxpayers may not see an increase in the school tax portion of their statement," said Lisa Rider, executive director of business services.

For 2014, taxpayers saw a decrease of 2.25 percent, primarily because of legislative action in 2013 to equalize referendum funding for school districts. 

The school district’s annual Truth in Taxation hearing will take place during the regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the senior campus commons (upper level) of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Parkway. This is an opportunity to learn more about the district’s budget and the annual operating levy and to ask questions.

By Dec. 31, the school board must approve a final property tax levy which is the first step in the budgeting process for the 2015-16 school year.

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Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:58