Local school districts approve levies; what does it mean for homeowners?

News-DemocratDecember 18, 2013 

Homeowners who live in Belleville School District 118 and Belle Valley School District 119 will potentially see an increase on their taxes next year as a result of estimated property tax levies approved by the respective school boards.

Board members at District 118 unanimously approved a $12.1 million property tax levy.

Assistant Superintendent Ryan Boike said this year's levy is $200,000 less than the district received last year as a result of an expected decline in property values within the district.

He estimated the district's tax rate could go up between 5 and 10 cents if property values within the district dip 4.5 percent like the district is projecting.

For the owner of a $100,000 home, Boike said the estimated increase would be between $10 and $20.

He predicts the district will bring in less revenue from the tax levy as a result of the projected decrease in property values.

"We are projecting a loss of $300,000 in the education fund from the tax levies," Boike said.

In contrast, District 119 is expecting a 3 percent increase in property values with new homes being built within the district, said district bookkeeper Joan McKay.

Board members at District 119 unanimously approved a $4.39 million tax levy, which is $218,451 more than the previous year.

McKay estimated the owner of a $100,000 home could see an increase of about $32.

School districts use revenue from property taxes to pay for everything from educating students to transportation.

In other news, District 118 school board unanimously approved a $5 per day pay increase for substitute teachers and substitute para professionals. Boike said substitute teachers will make $75 per day effective Jan. 6, and substitute para professionals will earn $55 per day.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

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