The Lawrence school board on Monday will consider approving a mill levy increase of less than half a mill to help support the school district's Adult Basic Education Program.
State law allows a school district board to issue a mill levy of up to one-half mill to support adult basic education programs. A mill is $1 of tax levied for every $1,000 of assessed property evaluation.
The tax can be levied for up to five years, subject to protest by a petition signed by 5 percent of registered voters residing in the district. The Lawrence school district already has levied the tax for five years, and Monday the board will vote on reissuing a mill levy of up to one-half mill.
The district in the past has not used the total levy authority, and this school year the levy amounted to .1485 mills. If the board decides during its budget process later this year to levy the entire one-half mill, the levy would increase .3515 mills from this school year.
The owner of an $80,000 home would pay an additional $3.37 in annual taxes if the total one-half mill is levied.
A school administrators' report supports the need for the district's Adult Basic Education Program. The report says that according to the latest available census data, Douglas County had about 6,246 persons 20 years and older who did not graduate from high school.
The report also says an estimated 475 people will have participated in the district's adult education program before the end of this school year.