Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Taxes Stay Down as USD 345 Value Rises

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Taxes Stay Down as USD 345 Value Rises

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Patrons in Seaman Unified School District 345 won't be paying more in taxes after action taken by the board of education Thursday to approve a $58.8 million budget for the 2017-18 school year.

Bob Horton, the district's director of business services, said the levy of 51.929 mills is going down to 51.813, an overall mill decrease of 0.116. He said the budget includes additional state aid money for a 2.1 percent average increase in teacher salaries and $100,000 for health insurance that the district has proposed in negotiations with the Seaman teachers' union.

"I budget in what I believe the raise will be," Horton told board members, adding that, ideally, he would like to see a contract voted on by the board and union before the budget is final, but negotiations for the 2017-18 teachers' contract are ongoing.

Horton said it isn't unusual for many school districts to start a school year without a contract in place. …

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