The proposed 2013-2014 budget for the Easton school system calls for a slight decrease in the district's total mill levy.
The mill levy sets the property tax rate for the school district.
The proposed budget already has been published in the newspaper. But Easton school board members won't approve the budget before Aug. 12. That's when they'll have a public hearing on the budget, according to Superintendent Chuck Coblentz.
Publishing the budget placed upper limits on taxes and spending for the district.
The district's mill levy for 2012-2013 was 57.17 mills. The proposed mill levy for 2013-2014 is 56.33 mills. That is a decrease of .84 mills.
"A lot of school districts are seeing the opposite," Coblentz said.
He said districts are seeing less in state aid money for supplemental general funds, or what are known as local option budgets, and mill levies may be increased to compensate.
But Coblentz said the problem has been offset in the Easton district by a significant increase in assessed valuation.
He said most of the valuation increase in the district comes in the areas of property assessed by the state and assessments for oil and natural gas wells.
County Clerk Janet Klasinski said the state assessed valuations are for things such as railroad and utility properties.
Coblentz said there also was some increase in valuation because of improvements people made to their properties.
The superintendent said the expenditures budgeted for the general fund and local option budget in the Easton district are more than last year. He said this is in part because he purposely overestimates enrollment. He said the budget will be readjusted following an enrollment count and audit by the state.
He said overestimating the enrollment will allow the district to claim additional revenue if there's a surprise increase in enrollment and avoid having to republish the budget.
The public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Easton school board office, 32502 Easton Road. Coblentz said this will allow people the opportunity to voice their views about the budget.
The budget hearing will be followed by a regular meeting of the Easton Board of Education.