Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 11:11 pm

Alwood school board sets tax levy

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By Sherrie Taylor rnstytlr@winco.net

WOODHULL — The Alwood School Board this week set the tax levy for 2013 at $3,116,653, up from $2,927,498 this year.

The increase, 6.46 percent, means there will be a truth-in-taxation hearing, which the board set for7:05 p.m. on Dec. 17, prior to the regular monthly meeting.

Superintendent Shannon Bumann said significant additions to the property tax base, including several wind turbines and the Pilot (Travel Plaza) in Woodhull, means the tax rate will decline despite the fact the school is asking for more dollars.

He estimated the new tax rate for the school will be $5.53 rate, down from $5.59.

In other business, the board approved a referendum to be held April 9, on the issue of a one-cent sales tax increase to support the schools. Most other schools in the county have already approved the referendum.

Mr. Bumann said the sales tax would be used solely for facility purposes. "The high school gym roof would fall under that," he said.

The board discussed the food service, and Mr. Bumann said the staff and students were surveyed.
"This (survey) was mostly positive," he said.

Board members shared comments they heard from students and parents, noting one class seems rushed during their lunch period, asking for this time situation be studied.

"As a result of being rushed, it seems there is quite a bit of food waste," board member Dave Althaus said.

The board approved the employment of Michelle Steider for high school dance coach and Tonya Henry for dance and drill coach.