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Archive for Tuesday, July 23, 1996

LAWRENCE BOARD OKS BUDGET FOR PUBLICATION

July 23, 1996

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Projected mill levies

Lawrence schools:

1995: 70.1 mills, or $806.15 in tax for the owner of a $100,000 home.

1996: 67.76 mills, or $779.24 in tax.

City of Lawrence:

1995: 22.8 mills, or $262.20 in tax.

1996: 22.86 mills, or $262.89 in tax.

Douglas County:

1995: 25.52 mills, or $293.48 in tax.

1996: same as 1995.

Combined (including 1.5 mills levied by the state):

1995: 119.92 mills, or $1,379.08 in tax.

1996: 117.64 mills, or $1,352.86 in tax.

Lawrence school board members Monday night approved a budget for publication that requires 67.76 mills to finance.

That levy is down about 2.3 mills from 1995. However, the budget includes a 3.6 percent increase in salaries, an 18 percent increase in utility costs and a 10 percent increase in transportation costs, according to Craig Fiegel, assistant superintendent.

Once the budget amount of $65,931,000 is published in the legal notices in the Journal-World, the final budget cannot exceed that amount. It can, however, slip below that number.

On Aug. 12, board members will conduct a public hearing on the budget. The hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. at the service center, 3705 Clinton Pkwy.

The owner of a house appraised at $100,000 in Lawrence will pay $779 in property taxes to finance the budget, a decrease of about $27 from last year's school taxes.

Much of the reason the district was able to decrease its mill levy was because of a higher estimated assessed property valuation.

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