Annual meeting chairperson Nicole Dash, right, reads the tax levy recommendation while Superintendent Mary Whitrock listens.
Annual meeting chairperson Nicole Dash, right, reads the tax levy recommendation while Superintendent Mary Whitrock listens.

   Ripon Area School District residents may need to dig deeper into their pockets to pay their taxes this winter as a result of a 7.83% increase in the district’s property tax levy.

   During Monday night’s annual meeting, school district Business Manager Jonah Adams presented the district’s financial report for 2019-2020.

   The report notes the district will levy $7.12 million, which is about a $520,000 increase from last year’s tax levy of $6.60 million.

   The motion that was made and passed at the meeting noted the adopted tax levy of about $7.2 million will consist of $251,272 for community services — BRAVE programming, swimming pool operation, middle school co-curricular activities and the school resource officer — about $2.2 million for debt service and about $4.71 million for general operations.

   As part of the levy increase, taxpayers will see a rise in the mill rate from $9.57 to $10.37. The mill rate is property tax dollars that are levied for every $1,000 in property value

   “If you were a homeowner that had a $100,000 property, you would pay $1,037 in school district taxes and that is up $80 from last year’s $957,” Adams said.

Read the full story in the Oct. 3, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.