School Dist. 15 certifies its preliminary 2013 tax levy

The St. Francis School District 15’s 2013 general fund levy is expected to decrease.

The school board Sept. 24 unanimously certified its preliminary levy for 2013 of $3,836,325, a decrease of $219,720 from the payable 2012 tax levy.

The levy, which is set by the state, is being reduced because the district’s enrollment is expected to decrease by approximately 89 students, said Dennis Sullivan, interim business services director.

At the end of the year, the district’s actual enrollment is calculated and the district will be paid for the number of students it actually has, he said.

The district receives $6,505.54 per pupil unit.

With the community education and debt services levies, the district’s total 2013 levy is proposed at $10,316,062, a drop of $699,561 from last year.

The decrease should mean residents will be paying less property taxes for the school’s portion, said Sullivan.

Over the last two years, the district’s property tax amount has gone down 6 percent, he said.

The board will hold a truth in taxation hearing at its Dec. 10 meeting.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]