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Morris High School approves tax levy

MORRIS - The proposed 2018 tax levy for just more than $8.9 million was passed by the Morris Community High School District 101 board of education unanimously during the regular board meeting on Nov. 13.

The total includes $4.2 million for educational purposes, $1.1 million for operations and maintenance, $550,332 for transportation, $343,958 for tort immunity, and $229,305 for the working cash fund.

The $8.9 million does not include debt services, which would include working cash bonds. .

Superintendent Pat Halloran said the amount is to be levied on the 2018 equalized assessed value of property in the district, which is due in 2018, used in the 2018-2019 school year.

Halloran said school districts file tax levies to make sure they capture all available property tax dollars once the actual equalized assessed value, or property value, is determined. Many school district budgets are primarily funded by local property taxes.

Halloran said final numbers for the EAV will not be available until spring, so what is received is typically lower than what is asked for in the levy. The levy request represents an increase over last year's extension, or actual money received.

Halloran said a more accurate guess would be a 4.5 percent increase in EAV.

Halloran said last year the tax rate for the high school was 1.96 and he expects this year to be 1.96 or 1.97.

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