By Lee Reinsch
DE PERE – Landowners in West De Pere School District will see a lower tax rate for the 2021-2022 school year, compared to last year, after the school board approved the budget on October 20.
The school board approved the 2021-2022 budget of $ 43,907,671, an increase from $ 42,357,609 the previous year.
Total state revenues for 2021-2022 are projected at $ 30,153,201, local property taxes at $ 12,280,426, federal revenues at $ 1,028,581, and other local revenues at $ 577,915.
Over 63% of the district budget is spent on education (including teachers’ salaries and benefits), compared to 53% on average for the state.
âIf we ever had to cut our budget, wages and benefits would be affected,â said district sales manager Dawn Laboy.
The budget total includes a tax levy of $ 22,599,163, up from $ 21,939,321 the previous year.
The tax levy includes $ 12,243,163 for the general fund, $ 10.18 million for the referendum debt service fund and $ 176,000 for the non-referendum debt service fund.
The budget includes a tax rate of $ 9.11 per $ 1,000 of equalized property value, the lowest in the past decade.
Although the total levy is up 3.01% from last year, as the equalized value of the district has also increased, this year’s tax rate is down 53 cents from the rate of last year $ 9.64 for $ 1,000.
âIt’s just one thing they take into consideration when determining what your taxes will be, but we’re trying to help them,â Laboy said.
Despite the lower tax rate, landowners could pay more taxes due to the higher land value.
The rate has gone down from 10 to 55 cents per $ 1,000 each year since at least 2012, with the exception of 2013 and 2019, where it has increased by a dime.
The levy in 2012 was $ 18,897,404, and it carried a rate that year of $ 11.58.
During this period, the district experienced an increase in equalized value from $ 1,632,285,268 in 2012 to $ 2,484,397,359 in 2021.
Overall, the equalized value of the district has increased by 9.16% since last year and 35% in the last decade. from $ 1,632,285,268, according to a report by Barb Van Deurzen, Clerk of the Board of Directors.
Housing, commercial and industrial projects are expected to continue in the West De Pere school district, and with these, the equalized value is expected to continue to rise, according to the report.
Along with development, the district has also seen an increase in student enrollment.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Education, West De Pere had 3,587 students in 2020-2021, up from 2,994 in 2012-13.
Registrations have dropped slightly following the COVID-19 pandemic.
West De Pere’s current 3,564 students include 1,045 West De Pere High School students, 951 Hemlock Creek Elementary School students, 770 West De Pere Middle School students, 765 Elementary School students Westwood and 33 students from Phantom Knight Charter School.