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Houston School Board holds truth in taxation meeting


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held its regularly scheduled meeting as well as a special Truth in Taxation meeting on December 3. During the regularly scheduled portion of the meeting Interim Superintendent Rick highlighted the language and financial changes made to the 2013-2015 Teacher Master Agreement. The changes were approved by the school board. The board also approved the 2013 audit report for the district. At 6 p.m. the school board adjourned the regular meeting to start the Truth in Taxation hearing.

Interim Superintendent Rick opened the hearing by going through the evening’s agenda. General background information on school funding and school district property taxes was given. According to Article XIII of the Minnesota Constitution, Miscellaneous Subjects, Section 1: Uniform System of Public Schools, “The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly on the intelligence of the people, it is the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniform system of public schools. The legislature shall make such provisions by taxation or otherwise as will secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state.”

The state sets formulas to determine school revenue and sets school tax policy. The state also authorizes schools to tax and request referendums, but also sets the maximum amount a school can tax. The proposed tax statements that Houston residents received in the mail reflected the amount of taxes they would need to pay should the school board decide to levy to the maximum amount.

Gwen Rostad, Houston Schools Director of Finance, and Krin Abraham, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, reported on the district’s budget and the district’s proposed tax levy for taxes payable in 2014.

Rostad informed Houston citizens in attendance that the General Fund accounts for 97 percent of the district’s revenue. This pays for regular instruction, special education, transportation, and custodial. Whereas the other 3 percent of the general fund goes to food service, community service and debt service. Rostad also reported the 2013-2014 General Fund Budget Revenue by Major Source and cited that 90 percent of the General Fund Budget is provided by state aid, 4 percent is property taxes, 2 percent comes from federal sources, and 4 percent is from miscellaneous funding. Abraham also spoke on the background information of how property taxes are assessed.< .....
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Lanesboro School Board approves audit report

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the 2012 Audit Report at the regular meeting on November 21. Ristau said it was a good year for the district, with strong fund balances. The food service fund increased this year, and ..... 
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Kingsland Schools hear concerns, transfers property

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present in addition to Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, mi ..... 
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Kingsland Schools hear concerns, transfers property

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present in addition to Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, mi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the sugge ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the sugge ..... 
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Jeff Ryan voted onto Mabel-Canton School Board

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

The minutes from the October 15, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to congratulate Belle Sand on being named to the All-State Volleyball Team for 2013. It was also noted that the Veterans Day Program held at Mabel-Can ..... 
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Jeff Rein voted onto Mabel-Canton School Board

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

The minutes from the October 15, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to congratulate Belle Sand on being named to the All-State Volleyball Team for 2013. It was also noted that the Veterans Day Program held at Mabel-Can ..... 
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Houston School Board analyzes possible levy scenarios

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on November 19 in the Houston High School Library. At the meeting Bradley Carlton of Clifton Larson Allen, an accountancy firm, presented the findings of the Houston School’s audit. Carlton went through nume ..... 
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