DPS School Board approves certificate of levy
The Dickinson Public School Board voted unanimously to increase the property tax levy by 7.85 percent Monday during a public hearing prior to its regular meeting discussing levy costs for the 2017-2018 school year.
In his first meeting as Dickinson Public Schools business manager, Kent Anderson detailed the increases by breaking down what a resident will spend based on their property assessment. For example, property of valued at $100,000 home will see a yearly tax difference of $37, a property worth $175,000 will see a $65 yearly difference and a home valued at $250,000 will see a $93 yearly difference.
This year, Anderson estimates the total amount of mills levied will be 104.38, a 13.48 mill increase from the year before.
When asked for public participation, only one resident rose to the podium to express his concern.
"I guess my concern as an older citizen in town is that things keep going up every year," Richard Benz said. "MDU raised their fixed charge for your household gas; that went up $4 a year. The City of Dickinson is looking a six or seven bucks a month to do recycling and you have the school district thing going up every year. As people get older and they're on a fixed income, it gets tougher and tougher to cope with these things."
As a response, DPS superintendent Doug Sullivan reassured the public that every measure has been taken to cut costs.
"We did collapse some classrooms this year and hired less classroom teachers in grades K-5," Sullivan said. "But that was offset by having to hired additional teachers in other grade levels." Sullivan noted that the district has "increasing enrollment."
The school board voted unanimously to approve the certificate of levy of $17.6 million.
Budget numbers approved
• General fund expenditures—$44,457,024
• Capital projects fund expenditures—$14,947,017
• Debt services fund expenditures—$4,632,512
• Food services fund expenditures—$1,874,722