MENOMONIE — At the Menomonie school district’s annual meeting Monday, residents in attendance approved an estimated tax levy of $17.4 million. Last year’s levy was $17.2 million. The estimated tax rate is projected at $9.76 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, which is up by 1.1 percent or 11 cents compared with the 2017-18 rate of $9.65. Equalized valuation in the district is projected at $1.7 billion in 2018-19. Total spending is expected to be $50.8 million in 2018-19.
When strapped for cash, the Eau Claire school district’s go-to fix is usually a combination of three tactics. Those include cutting services or programs; raising local property taxes through referendum — which the district did successfully in November 2016 to the tune of $87.9 million — or asking state government for more resources. That’s according to schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck and Eau Claire school board President Joe Luginbill, who told
After talking over its financial priorities for the upcoming school year at its Monday meeting, the Eau Claire school board will then discuss potential revenue generators to help the district grapple with a tight budget. In May, the district projected an estimated $5.8 million deficit for the 2018-19 school year, a reality school officials say occurs most years. This year’s deficit comes less than two years after an $87.9 million referendum that provided money for teacher pay raises and