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Property owners to pick up bigger slice of Superior schools tab

The Superior School Board gave its final stamp of approval to its 2008-2009 budget Monday night. Property owners in the district pick up the tab for a little less than $16.3 million of the $48.8 million budget. However, with recent reductions in ...

The Superior School Board gave its final stamp of approval to its 2008-2009 budget Monday night.

Property owners in the district pick up the tab for a little less than $16.3 million of the $48.8 million budget.

However, with recent reductions in state spending for schools, taxpayers are actually picking up a higher share of the cost for education in Superior.

In 2006-07, about 72 percent of the revenue generated by the district for education came from the state, while property owners covered 28 percent of the cost. This year, property owners carry about 33 percent of the expense.

A presentation by Mike Koltes, an intern working with the school district, used data from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance "School Facts" to demonstrate how Superior compares to Hudson, Menomonee Falls, the Verona area and the state average. He said he selected the districts because of the similarity in size to the Superior district.

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The trend in school spending since the 2003-04 school year has been a lower mill rate for property owners, supported in large part by increasing property values.

The Superior district, which spends less than average per pupil, benefits from equalization aid higher than average statewide, Business Manager Jack Amadio said. The share picked up by property owners is actually below state average.

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