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Levy jumps 44 percent

The public got a peek at preliminary 2007-08 budget numbers for the Maple School District on Monday at a budget hearing and annual meeting in the Northwestern High School gymnasium.

The public got a peek at preliminary 2007-08 budget numbers for the Maple School District on Monday at a budget hearing and annual meeting in the Northwestern High School gymnasium.

"This is our best snapshot as of today," said District Administrator Gregg Lundberg.

The picture includes a 43.74 percent increase in the tax levy, according to numbers provided.

"The bulk of it is because of the general obligation bonds," said Paul Staffrude, business manager for the district.

Those bonds paved the path to a new and remodeled high school, a sewer line from the high school to Poplar, updating Iron River Elementary School, Northwestern Middle School and construction of a new transportation building.

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Residents approved the $33 million building plan by a narrow margin -- 1,942 yes votes to 1,835 no votes -- in November.

The 2007-08 budget rose to $15.06 million, according to the summary. Only $13.4 million was budgeted for the 2006-07 school year.

The final budget will be approved in October, Staffrude said. Factors affecting how much landowners will ultimately pay include the state budget, per pupil revenue cap and equalized property values in the district. The tax levy must be set by Nov. 5.

In other business the board:

  • Opposed a school board pay raise. Salaries will remain at $2,500 for the president, clerk and treasurer and $2,400 for other members. They attend 13 regular meetings -- one each month and the annual meeting -- plus numerous committee and special board meetings during the year.
  • Authorized the district to begin a Capital Expansion Fund to collect money for future building needs. Those include a new roof at the Northwestern Elementary School in about 10 years.
Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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