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Monroe school levy on ballots

MONROE — The Monroe School District is asking for a replacement levy to fund programs not fully funded by state dollars such as bus transportation, special education programs, student support programs, athletics and classroom supplies.
The levy would be capped to $1.50 per $1,000 in assessed value. If approved, the four-year levy would be applied from 2019 to 2022.
The school district’s overall tax rate in 2017 was $4.40 per $1,000 in assessed value to cover the expiring education
levy plus the voter-approved 2015 technology levy and the 2016 construction bond. The education levy represented $3.16 per $1,000 in assessed value.
The state’s amount increased 82 cents this year, though, from $2.03 per $1,000 to $2.85 per $1,000. Combined with increased home values, the average homeowner in Monroe of a $270,900 home saw his or her house rise in value to $305,000. That homeowner paid the state $549.92 in 2017, but will pay the state $869.25 in K-12-driven state property taxes this year, in part because the house is worth more.
The state’s tax increase is its attempt to fulfill the McCleary lawsuit that demands the state fully fund basic K-12 education. Adding the state and local taxes means the education costs within the 2018 property tax bill will be $1,833 or so for that $305,000 average homeowner.
If this levy is approved, the 2019 local rate would
decrease by about $1.65 to fall from $4.40 per $1,000 to about $2.75 per $1,000. If not approved, it would fall to about $1.30 per $1,000 with the bond and tech levy.
Ballots are due Feb. 13.


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