COLUMBUS — The property tax levy for Lakeview Community Schools won't change this fiscal year.

Property owners will pay a tax rate of 65.5 cents for every $100 in valuation after the school board approved the 2017-18 levy and budget Monday night.

The levy, which remains unchanged from last year’s budget, follows a 2.9 percent increase in the district's property valuations. That brought the total valuation of land within the district to about $1.5 billion.

Even though the levy didn’t change, property owners might pay more in taxes to support the district depending on valuation numbers that change from year to year. Under the approved levy, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $655 in annual taxes to support Lakeview.

The district's overall budget for 2017-18 is $18.7 million with a property tax request of about $9.8 million.

Lakeview's expenses have risen an average of 0.77 percent annually during the last seven years. The two-year average increase is 3.25 percent, including a 6.5 percent rise in 2016-17.

The district’s 2017-18 revenues went up because of an increase in state funds from growing option-enrollment students. About 220 students optioned into the district this year compared to 150 who optioned out.

The district’s net option funding jumped from $92,000 last year to an expected $494,000 for the coming year. The district had a net increase of 10 students last year compared to a net gain of 71 students this year.

Also during the meeting, the board approved:

• membership to STANCE (Schools Taking Action for Nebraska Children’s Education). The organization advocates for policies to support educational opportunities for children without using a lobbyist. Eighteen school districts are members of the organization, including Lakeview. The membership cost is $250 per district with an expected annual fee of $100.

• the resignations of Zach Lesiak, head boys soccer coach, and custodian Jerry Clausen.

• hiring Joe Madden as head boys soccer coach, Alex Herd as ninth-grade girls basketball coach, Jeremy Killham as head seventh-grade boys basketball coach, Tony Krings as assistant seventh-grade boys and eighth-grade girls basketball coach, Nancy Van Dyke as a part-time paraeducator, Gabrielle Hildalgo as an ELL paraeducator, Logan Esch as after-school program help, Bryan Rockford and Angelica Palaciosa as custodians and Brent Lawrence as a maintenance worker.

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