The Waupaca School Board last night gave approval to the district’s 2018-2019 budget, with a slight tax increase from what was projected earlier this month. At the October 9th board meeting, District Business Manager Carl Hayek estimated a tax rate of 10 dollars and 79 cents per thousand dollars valuation to support a tax levy of 16.4 million dollars. But since that meeting, the district learned it would be receiving 164,000 dollars less in state aid. Couple that with an increase in the 3rd Friday enrollment count that increased the district’s overall Revenue Limit allocation, an increased tax projection of 256-thousand dollars needed to be added to the budget. So the local tax levy was approved last night at 16.6 million dollars, with a tax rate of 10 dollars and 84 cents per thousand, an increase of 5 dollars on a 100-thousand dollar home. The district’s budget also saw significant impact for the first time due to funding for students in the Parental Choice Program, those choosing private school over the Waupaca public school. The cost to the district this year is 198-thousand dollars, an 11-hundred percent increase, something Board President Steve Johnson called a “dramatic jump.” While that doesn’t count dollar for dollar against the budget, it does work against the district’s declining enrollment exemption through the Department of Public Instruction. One other note that may interest district taxpayers…. a debt service payment of 2.86 million dollars this year is the final payment on the high school complex that was built 18 years ago. That 2.86 million dollars will not be on the tax roll next year.