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Woodland DIstrict 50 Approves $71.5 Million Tax Levy

Woodland School District 50 increased its levy request for 2012 by 2.88 percent over 2011.

The Woodland School District 50 Board of Education has approved a $71.5 million tax levy for 2012, which is an increase of $1.8 million or 2.88 percent over last year.

The 2012 levy was approved at a public hearing on Nov. 27.

Robert Leonard, the district's associate superintendent for business, said the $71.5 million levy amount, which includes bond and interest, was determined to capture any unknown or new assessed value.

"We expect the actual extension to be $65,815,897," he said.

In 2011, the district levied $69.4 million and was extended $63.9 million.

The district levies taxes in accordance with the state property tax extension limitations act as part of its strategy to move closer to a balanced budget, said Leonard. Declining state revenues were also a factor in the decision.

"To reduce operating costs, the district had taken action to freeze staff wages in fiscal year 2012 and has reduced staff each year for the last three years. We will continue to review every area of our budget to look for operational savings that have the least impact on student learning," said Leonard.

The district's EAV (Equalized Assessed Valuation) for 2012 is estimated at $1.62 billion, with $5 million of that considered for new construction. The EAV has decreased 5.71 percent or $98.5 million over 2011.

marilyn December 04, 2012 at 12:33 PM
This is ridiculous. Some Woodland schools have multiple principles and associate principles for one thing. How much of this money goes to the Union, pensions, full benefits for entire families forever? I'm telling you, if you get the Union's grubby hands out of it, everything would be so much better. So here we have just another money grab to pile on top of Taxmageddon. Energy will be going up 800% based on speculators, if you have a 100% bill, it will soon be 800%. Then we have the healthcare 'tax'. Plus others. Are schools part of Obamacare? If they are, then there is no reason for us to be paying medical for school staff. And guess what, more money doesn't make for a better district. Woodland is one of the highest paid in the state, and I think my old district, which was fiscally conservative, was better. They were there to teach. Woodland has alot of nice cars in the parking lot, but on a practical level, it isn't pedestal worthy.
marilyn December 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Shouldn't this have been on the ballot during the election? Do taxpayers vote on this now?
Brad Faxton December 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
It's clear you have no clue how this process works. Each year the districts figure out how much they need and that is the property tax levy which will come on your bill in a few months.
Brad Faxton December 04, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Oh dear lord. Teachers are money grubbing slobs who are getting fat rich from teaching. They are lazy, expect everything yet give nothing.
Local December 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
What they need to do is figure out how to live within their means, like the rest of us have to. I'm tired of the teachers saying pay us more, or we'll strike, disrupting the lives if thousands of people!
GL Resident December 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Why not have all budget increases/decreases on a ballot? At least taxpayers would have a chance to decide outside of the current process where tax levy meetings are publicized in obscure notices, websites or newspapers. These public entities play the game well. Put the budget on a ballot. We are paying for these budgets for goodness sake!
Terri December 05, 2012 at 06:17 PM
It actually was on the ballot. You elected your School Board to make these decisions. Can you imagine trying to make a budget for any municipal level by referendum? Definition of democracy: "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections."
Local December 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Yeah that's the problem, our representation S**ks!! Change is next to impossible, because too many are dug in too deep. How ANYONE can think now is a good time to raise taxes on people, many of them already at they're limits. Get a clue, you figured out how to spend the money when times were good, now it's time to make due with what the people ALREADY GIVE YOU!!!

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