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Board adopts lower tax rate

Cook named business administrator

Sandra Neff
Leader Correspondent

The school board adopted the tax rate for the 2013 tax year as .008614.  This rate will appear on property tax notices as the amount designated to the Box Elder School District.  The rate is lower than the tax rate last year of .008725.
However, this does not guarantee lower property taxes if a re-evaluation of property by the county is underway.  Appraisals are completed in different areas about every five years throughout the county.
The higher the property appraisal, the lower the tax rate needed for the school district to generate the same amount of money to meet obligations.
Rod Cook was officially recognized as business administrator for the district.  The tax rate was prepared by Cook and Superintendent Ron Wolff and will be sent on to the county.
In other business, Superintendent Wolff responded to citizen David Spackman’s comments made during last month’s board meeting.  Spackman’s concern was that too much teaching time was lost during the year for non-education items and especially during the last week of school.  Wolff read a letter sent to Spackman as per district response policy.
Wolff wrote in part he “will continue to emphasize the need to teach every day during the upcoming school year.”  He also stated graduation ceremonies that occur before the end of the regular school year may contribute to the “letdown” of other students.
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