Columbus Schools will be dealing with a $192 thousand dollar shortfall in 2012. Figures reflect the decrease in State equalization aid was more than the $420 thousand dollars savings realized by increased employee contributions and wage cap limits. The result is a tax levy increase of 1.65 per cent and a mil rate increase of 3.72 per cent. That’s a mil rate increase of 38 cents per thousand. The District expects to receive numbers for general state aid amounts by Oct. 15th. The Budget will be voted on at the Oct. 24th Annual Meeting in the Columbus High School Library.