9/19 Tax Levy Continues Downtrend in Hartford

The third time is a real charm for residents in the Hartford School District. At the District’s annual meeting and budget hearing on Tuesday night, it was announced the tax levy is down again. As of Tuesday’s meeting the numbers showed that property taxes would be reduced by about $25,000 from last year’s levy pending the approval of a final budget. According to District Business Manager John Stellmacher, the levy is decreasing even though enrollment will be up anywhere between twenty to forty five students. Stelmacher said that’s because it looks like state aid will increase this year as well by more than $100,000. He said as of the meeting, he was estimating a total of close to ten million dollars in state aid, but also cautioned residents that it’s not totally guaranteed. The total estimated tax levy for the 2013-14 year is $9.5 million. Spending per pupil is up slightly from last year, from $9,375 to $9,412. Despite that sight increase, the district remains one of the lowest-spending districts compared to other schools that feed into Hartford Union High School.  According to board documents, spending per student has decreased 2.6 percent from last year, and is 6 percent less than it was 10 years ago.
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