School board okays $29.7 million preliminary budget
By Neal A. Shipman
While the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board is only increasing its budget for the coming school year by three percent, district property owners will see their taxes go up to support the school system.
According to Steve Holen, district superintendent, the school board approved increasing its total mill levy from 67.39 mills to 75.51 mills to support the $29,746,519 proposed budget.
“This is essentially a balanced budget and just a slight dollar increase from last year,” says Holen. “But because of a drop in the school district’s taxable valuations and the state requirement that we get to a minimum of a 60 General Fund mill levy, we had to increase our mill levy.”