District 622 approves tax levy

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved District 622’s final 2015 property-tax levy at its December 16 meeting. 

The 2015 levy represents a 4.79 percent, or nearly $1.89 million increase over 2014, bringing the total levy payable in 2015 to $41,339,197.

Revenues from the property-tax levy make up roughly a quarter of the district’s total budget.

District 622’s business services director Randy Anderson said the levy hike is due to an increase to the district’s alternative facilities levy for renovation projects at the Beaver Lake Education and Gladstone Community centers in Maplewood; and an increase to the “other post-employment benefits” levy for former district staff members’ health insurance costs. Those increases were previously reviewed and aproved by the Minnesota Department of Education prior to being included in the school district’s property tax levy.

Anderson provided an overview to board members at the Tuesday, Dec. 16 meeting. No one spoke at the public hearing prior to the levy’s approval by board members. Anderson noted the increase homeowners would see on their tax bills due to the levy would vary across the district, because property values this year have spiked upward as much as 19 percent in some communities, while other areas saw only marginal gains.

­— Joshua Nielsen

 

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