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District shows tax savings

Board approves two fee increases

DIXON – Every little bit helps.

The school district paid off $300,000 in bonds – resulting in about $20 to $40 in tax savings for property owners – and another $300,000 will be paid off next year, Superintendent Michael Juenger said at Wednesday’s meeting.

Also Wednesday, the board approved an amended budget that showed the district ended up with about $233,000 more than it expected for the 2012-13 school year.

That’s because the state was expected to pay about 80 percent of general state aid, and instead paid 89 percent, business manager David Blackburn said.

Still, the education fund ended with a $1.43 million deficit.

The financial boost will allow the district to maintain a program for 36 students who do not speak English in the home or as their first language.

The board also upped lunch and driver’s education fees.

Lunch fees went up 10 cents to $2.35 for a regular meal. Federal guidelines dictate how much lunch must cost for the district to receive subsidies for free and reduced lunches, Blackburn said.

Driver’s education went from $50 to $150, but the district still will lose money on the program and may up fees again, Juenger said. The maximum fee that can be charged is $300.

A recommendation was made for the board to transfer $450,000 from the working cash fund to the life safety fund for construction projects at Reagan Middle School. A public hearing will be held before the July 17 meeting, then the vote will be taken.

In other items, a discipline report showed the district expelled six students this school year, up from 3 students last school year.

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