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NLS board certifies levy

NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer School Board hosted the required truth-in-taxation hearing and certified the final 2013 local tax levy of $4,195,066.31 at the regular meeting Monday.

The 2012 payable 2013 final levy is $155,382.55 or a 3.85 percent increase over the 2011 payable 2012 levy of $4,039,683.76.

The 2013 levy includes $2,119,762.24 in the general fund, a $135,888.25 or a 6.02 decrease from the 2012 levy of $2,255,650.49.

The district’s debt service fund levy of $1,665,906.59 is $291,848.86 or 21.24 higher than last year’s $1,374,057.73, when the district used reserve fu-nds to cover the de-creased levy amount.

No member of the public at-tended the hearing, during which Superintendent Paul Carlson presented the levy information.

The total budget for the 2012-2013 year is approximately $17.5 million.

The board also met with Mary Sawatzky, the representative-elect for District 17B.

Sawatzky, a special education teacher at the Willmar Middle School, told the board members that she is looking forward to working with them and that they can call her in St. Paul or visit with her when she’s home on the weekends.

“I can’t do it all or know it all,” she said. “That’s why I’ll rely on you.”

The state budget, with a projected $1.1 billion deficit for the next biennium, is the first task on the State Legislature’s list, she said.

Sawatzky also noted that education and fully paying back the money shifted away from school districts to end the state government shutdown are very much on the agenda for the DFL majority leadership.

“They all know that education is first and foremost,” she said.

In other action, the board:

- Recognized retiring board member Michael O’Brien for his 14 years of service to the school board. The members unanimously passed a motion to have O’Brien serve as chairman for his last board meeting. O’Brien was also presented with a bell and plaque for his service.

- Approved the 2012-2014 agreement with the principal’s union. Holli Cogelow-Ruter, board member who serves on the negotiating team, informed the board that the agreement includes step increases and a 1.5 percent wage increase for both years of the contract.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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