District Property Tax Levy Decreases For 2013

Moorhead Area Public Schools’ property tax levy will decrease by 2.5 percent for 2013, according to Assistant Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak.

Following a presentation by Kazmierczak at the Dec. 10 School Board meeting, board members approved a resolution to certify the district’s 2012 Payable 2013 Property Tax Levy, which provides revenue for the 2013-14 school year.

The total levy amount is $13.9 million, which is a decrease of $350,493 or 2.5 percent from the 2012 tax levy. Most of the decrease is because a bond has been paid off and is no longer part of the district’s debt service. Other reductions were from a decrease in re-employment costs, an adjustment related to deferred maintenance, and a reduction in the school-age care levy. Increasing enrollment increased some of the levies, which offset some of the reduction, Kazmierczak said.

As a normal course of business, the board approved the maximum for the preliminary levy in September. Certifying the maximum for the preliminary levy allowed the district to make adjustments before the final levy was certified on Dec. 10.

A revised budget for fiscal year 2013 will be brought to the board in January. Next year’s budget will be adopted in June 2013.