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April 24, 2013

Madison School Board members split on proposed 7.4% property tax hike

Matthew DeFour:

The Madison School Board's two newest members are voicing the strongest support for a potential 7.4 percent property tax increase, but others worry the amount may be too high.

The property tax increase was included in a preliminary $393 million budget proposal put together by school district administrators.

The amount reflects the maximum amount the district could raise property taxes under Gov. Scott Walker's state budget proposal.

T.J. Mertz and Dean Loumos, who were sworn in Monday, said they don't oppose taxing the maximum amount allowed under state revenue limits, which as proposed would add about $182 to the average $230,831 Madison home's property tax bill.

Mertz plans to advocate for taxing the maximum amount, though he questioned some of the proposed new spending, such as whether a community partnership coordinator needed to be an administrative position costing $128,000.

Related: 2010: Madison School District 2010-2011 Budget Update: $5,100,000 Fund Balance Increase since June, 2009; Property Taxes to Increase 9+%.

Status Quo Costs More: Madison Schools' Administration Floats a 7.38% Property Tax Increase; Dane County Incomes down 4.1%.... District Received $11.8M Redistributed State Tax Dollar Increase last year. Spending up 6.3% over the past 16 months.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at April 24, 2013 12:54 AM
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