Taxpayers in the Winfield school district would pay the same property tax rate under the district’s proposed 2019-2020 budget.

The mill levy would stay flat at 50.981, the same as the 2018-2019 levy, which is a little lower than the previous year of 50.995.

The assessed valuation is $119,636,073, up from 2018-2019.

The owner of a $150,000 house in the Winfield school district would pay $960 in real estate tax to the school district, including $81 for the Winfield Recreation Commission.

The USD 465 Board of Education approved publication of the budget at their Monday night meeting. 

It will be in Thursday’s CourierTraveler. A budget hearing will be 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the William Medley Administration Center, 1407 Wheat Road. 

Because of changes in property valuation, the upcoming budget levy will bring in more funds for expenditures than the previous levy: $51,882,610 versus $46,827,530. 

The need for the increase in funds stems from a rise in costs, especially labor costs, said district finance officer Tom Fell. “This a labor intensive business,” he said.

The Winfield Recreation Commission budget has a separate section on the USD 465 budget because the school district is the pass-through organization for the rec commission. 

Though the WRC tax levy is separate from the school district’s, the total assessed valuation — $119,636,073 — includes both the school district and the rec commission.

Asked if he thinks the numbers will change on the budget, Fell said he doesn’t think so. He said no big industries or businesses have asked for revaluations or tax breaks.

 “There’s been a little of that” with other organizations such as the Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Winfield, Fell said, but not enough to make a change in the tax rates, he said.

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