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Rams decide not to raise taxes

May 24, 2019

Turkeyfoot school board members have decided not to raise taxes for the 2019-20 school year.

The school board passed a tentative $5,701,708 budget on Monday, keeping the property tax rate steady at 26.50 mills.

Business manager Amanda Younkin said that while retirement costs are still increasing, health care costs actually went down.

“Last year (health care costs) stayed the same, and this year we had a 1.23% decrease,” she said.

The district’s last tax increase was in 2017, when the board raised the rate from 26.07 mills to deal with a potential $8,800 deficit.

The district receives 32% of its funds from local sources and 68% from state and federal sources.

Younkin said $40,000 is set aside in the 2019-20 budget for parking lot repairs. The budget will be finalized at the board’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 10.

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