Taxpayers in the Ripon Area School District will see a slight increase in the new tax levy, but a slight decrease in the new tax rate (mill rate) this year.

School Board members approved the final budget unanimously Monday.

The new, 2015-16 budget calls for a total tax levy of $8.044 million, up slightly from the previous levy of $8.003 million.

That’s an uptick of about a half percent.

Meanwhile, the new tax rate will drop about 8 cents per $1,000 of equalized valuation, from $12.43 to $12.35 this year, meaning the owner of a $100,000 property will see a drop of about $8.

Business Manager J.J. Gutman called this drop favorable news as the board approved it Monday.

Read the full story in the Oct. 29, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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