Waupaca School District taxpayers will see a significant decrease in the school portion of their property tax bill in December. School Business Manager Karl Hayek gave the school board a preview of the upcoming budget hearing, noting that the district’s tax rate is expected to be down $2.98 per thousand, from $10.86 to $7.86 this year.That would equate to a decrease of $298 in school taxes on a $100,000 home. The overall expenditure budget is down 8 percent, with the local tax levy down near 24 percent, from 16.6 million dollars to 12.7 million. Most of that is due to the district being debt free, with the high school now completely paid off. Other numbers of note from the budget… the district will see an increase of $926,000 in general state aid, student enrollment is down by 20 students from a year ago, and the district’s health insurance premiums have no increase this year.
The 2019-20 budget also includes an additional police-liason officer, and the board gave approval for that position last night. The city of Waupaca is expected to act on that Tuesday during the regular city council meeting. The school district’s cost of the officer is expected to be around 64-thousand dollars. The board hopes to have the officer in the middle school beginning in mid-January.