Projected mill levies
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.
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.