Horicon School Board Adopts Budget

(Horicon) The Horicon School Board approved the 2018-2019 district budget Monday night. The $15.8-million dollar document brings a tax levy of $4.5-million, roughly $200-thousand dollars more than last year. District Superintendent Rich Apple says the mill rate of $10.98 per one-thousand dollars of assessed value is a 98-cent increase from the number home owners saw last year. Apple says the reason for the jump was a result of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue assessing the wrong John Deere property that is surrounded by a TID district. He says they made an incorrect assessment last year that needed correcting this year by lowering the equalized valuation. Apple says despite those unique circumstances, the final mill rate amount was nearly identical to the number he proposed to citizens last spring while the district was seeking the approval of two referendum questions. The community ultimately supported both; the first will see a new elementary school built next to the high school, the second will address infrastructure needs at the junior/senior high facility. Apple says the referendum construction is on schedule and most of the bigger projects will start when the frost thaws next spring. Apple also thanked the hard work from his staff that helped shape a balanced budget.