The Lansing superintendent said the proposed property tax levy for the Lansing school district essentially will remain flat for the 2018-2019 school year. But the mill levy would have a slight decrease.

The Lansing superintendent said the proposed property tax levy for the Lansing school district essentially will remain flat for the 2018-2019 school year. But the mill levy would have a slight decrease.

“It’s very flat, but it’s gone down a little,” Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said.

The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

The proposed 2018-2019 budget would decrease the mill levy for Lansing public schools from its current level of 58.958 mills to 58.949 mills.

The Lansing Board of Education recently published notification of a public hearing on the proposed budget. The hearing will take place Aug. 13.

Following the hearing, board members will be able to vote to approve the budget.

Individual mill levies for capital outlay and bond and interest funds will increase with the proposed budget. But the mill levy for the supplemental general fund, or local option budget, will decrease, resulting in the overall flat mill levy.

Despite the flat mill levy, expenditures increase in the proposed budget. Total expenditures for the 2017-2018 budget are $38.47 million. Total expenditures in the proposed 2018-2019 budget are $39.75 million.

Stufflebeam said property valuation has increased in the Lansing school district. He said this means it now takes fewer mills to raise the same amount of money through property taxes for the school district.

Stufflebeam said the proposed budget sets budget authority for the school system, but district officials may not spend the entire amount that is budgeted.

“You’re not going to spend your entire authority,” he said.

Stufflebeam said the Lansing district will receive about $631,000 in additional funding for the 2018-2019 school year as a result of increases in the state government’s funding for schools.

The public budget hearing will be part of a Lansing Board of Education meeting that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. The meeting will take place at Lansing Intermediate School, 509 Ida St.

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