(EMMA) – Westview School Board members adopted a $29 million school budget Thursday evening.
Director of Finance Brian Christner told the Board property tax rates should remain flat thanks to a big increase in assessed values. Christner says in 2009 during the recession the County lost $127 as assessed values fell. Currently the assessed value is at $67 million in LaGrange County.
Christner says the new assessed value is a 5.9 percent growth for the County. While the tax rate remains flat, more revenue will be generated for LaGrange County because the assessed value has gone up.
The School Board board also held a public hearing on the proposed collective bargaining agreement with teachers. The agreement calls for an increase of 3.3% in the district’s compensation model, amounting to $250,000.
The Board is scheduled to adopt the agreement next month.
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