Mill rate decreased by 5 percent, tax levy decreased by $61,000
By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Board of Education has approved a tax levy of $1.899 million for the general fund for the 2014-2015 school year, which is $61,000 less than the annual meeting estimate of $1.961 million, and results in a mill rate that is five percent less than year’s mill rate.
The Board of Education approved the tax levy at the October 27 meeting.
The general state aids came in higher than the amount estimated for the annual meeting in August, said Dr. Ron Walsh, district administrator.
State aid for 2014-2015 will be $8.059 million. The annual meeting estimate for state aid was $8.02 million.
The total tax levy is $3,948 less than last year’s tax levy, and is $61,491 less than the annual meeting estimate, Dr. Walsh said.
The mill rate of $9.28 per $1,000 of property value for 20142-2015 represents a 5.3 percent decrease over last year’s mill rate of $9.90 per $1,000 of property value.
The mill rate went down because the district’s property value increased, Dr. Walsh noted.
The average mill rate over the last ten years is $9.32 per $1,000 of property value. The highest mill rate over that period was $10.30 per $1,000 of property value in 2012-2013. The lowest mill rate over that period was $8.29 per $1,000 of property value in 2006-2007.
Equalized value for 2014-2015 in the Elk Mound school district has increased by 5.5 percent. Last year, the equalized value was $283.5 million. This year the equalized value is $299 million.
The debt service tax levy approved by the Elk Mound Board of Education for 2014-2015 is $874,230, which compares to $873,654 for last year.
The Elk Mound Board of Education also approved increasing the pay for substitute teachers from $90 per day to $110 per day.
Dr. Walsh noted that he has worked in the Elk Mound school district for 20 years and that the substitute teacher pay has increased only once in that time, from $80 to $90 in the late 1990s.
Elk Mound has been experiencing some difficulty in finding substitute teachers and competes with Eau Claire for substitutes, Dr. Walsh said.
The Eau Claire school district pays $110 per day, he noted.
The Elk Mound Board of Education unanimously approved raising the substitute teacher pay from $90 per day to $110 per day and increasing the half-day rate from $50 to $55.
In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Accepted the resignation of Bruce Winchester as the middle school girls’ basketball coach pending approval of a replacement.
• Approved a resolution for the sale of $2.7 million of re-funding bonds for the school district and granting the authority to the school board clerk, Margaret Dieter, and president,Tim Sivertson to execute the agreement.
• Approved a part-time aide position for Mound View Elementary for special education students to help with goals for the students’ Individual Educational Plans (IEP).
Following a closed session, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Approved hiring Brandon Powell as the middle school girls’ basketball coach.
• Approved hiring Melissa Topper as a bus driver.
• Approved hiring Jon Langreck and Jon Linzmeier as high school track coaches.
• Approved hiring Sarah Jones as head drama coach.
• Approved hiring Logan Rochelle as the assistant drama coach.