The Baldwin school board on Monday night approved a budget for the upcoming year about half a million dollars less than the current budget.
The board approved spending $8.9 million for the 1998-99 school year, down from the current year's $9.4 million.
Supt. John Nuspl said the drop occurred because the district is paying off bonds for its high school built four years ago, and construction on the elementary school done about 11 years ago.
``As we continue to pay off those bonds, it will keep going down,'' he said.
The mill levy will decrease from 46.72 mills this year to 44.45 mills next year. A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
In other business, the board approved a contract with HeatCo of Lawrence to provide propane for Vinland and Marion Springs elementary schools, both of which use propane for heating.
The cost is 45 cents per gallon under the bid, about 8 cents lower than last year's amount, Nuspl said.
Mill levy takes dip
in school district
Property owners in the Ottawa school district can look forward to lower property taxes going toward public schools next year.
The Ottawa school board on Monday night approved a $9.54 million budget for next year, slightly more than this year's $9.37 million, board president Cheryl Sylvester said.
But the levy will decrease from 27 mills to 20 mills, in part because of increased property valuations and a lower local option budget, plus increased state aid.
In other business, the board approved a $277,209 bid for Alexander Open Systems of Lenexa for wiring in the middle school for a wide area computer network system.
The work will include fiberoptic cable and other wiring, linking the middle school to the Internet and Franklin County network, Sylvester said.
Board OKs budget
of $4.39 million
The Oskaloosa school board on Monday night approved a budget of $4.39 million, about 2.3 percent higher than the current budget of $4.29 million, Supt. James White said.
The district's levy will fall 14.3 mills -- from 46.97 mills this year to 32.64 mills next year, he said.
A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
The drop was the result of increased property valuations and a lower local option budget, White said, along with an increase in state aid.