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ISD 281 School Board Approves Preliminary Levy

At a recent school board meeting, board members learned that there will be no increase to the Robbinsdale Area Schools 2013 levy.

At their Sept. 24 meeting, Robbinsdale Area School Board Members unanimously approved the preliminary levy for taxes payable in 2013 for the maximum amount.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, school districts across the state are seeing a 2.4 percent increase in levies.  In comparison to last year, Robbinsdale Area Schools' total levy is flat and remaining at $53.8 million, according to school board documents.

Robbinsdale Area Schools Executive Director of Business Services Jeff Priess said that the lack of increase is mainly because of the school district's alternative facilities levy.

"It's a levy we use for ongoing building maintence and renovation," Priess said about the alternative facilities levy. "And that levy is being reduced, so that's probably the biggest reason why our district's levy is not increasing."

Priess said that the district has a 10 year plan that’s approved by the State of Minnesota. This year, building renovations are less costly, dropping the levy.

In his presentation to board members, Priess mentioned that the operating referendum amount per resident pupil unit will increase by $29.14.

Priess also said that the district's debt service levy will increase by $223,898 and will include principal and interest payments on new debt.

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