Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education voted Monday to advance a proposed budget that will decrease the district's tax levy by 4 mills.

Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education voted Monday to advance a proposed budget that will decrease the district's tax levy by 4 mills.

Mills are used in determining property taxes.

"We're going to lower taxes going into the school year," said Kevin Gullett, chief financial officer for the school district..

According to Gullett, a 4-mill decrease would reduce the district's yearly property taxes for a $150,000 home by $69.

Gullett reviewed the proposed 2018-2019 budget with board members Monday during a special meeting.

Board members then voted to schedule a public hearing on the budget for Aug. 22. They also voted to publish notification of the hearing in the newspaper.

The vote was 6-0. Board member Jose Morales was absent. Board member Doug Darling was not present, but he voted by phone.

Following the Aug. 22 public hearing, board members will be able to take a final vote on the $57 million budget.

The published notification of the hearing will include information about the proposed budget. Gullett said information about the budget also can be found on the school district's website, www.usd453.org.

Even though the proposed budget calls for a decrease in the mill levy, overall expenditures are increasing by more than $7 million.

Gullett said budgeted expenditures are being increased in areas such as employee salaries and special education.

Gullett said the budget also includes between $18,000 and $19,000 to pay new stormwater management service fees to the city of Leavenworth.

Gullett said about 72 percent of the district's revenue comes from state funding. Eighteen percent of revenue comes from local sources, and the remaining 10 percent comes from federal funding.

According to Superintendent Mike Roth, the proposed mill levy of 59.335 mills will be the district's lowest mill levy in 10 years.

He said the school district will have dropped its mill levy by a total of 10 mills in the last five years.

The Aug. 22 public hearing will be part of a regular board meeting that will begin at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the district's administrative office, 200 N. Fourth St.

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