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GSL School Board OKs maximum preliminary levy

With not enough concrete information from the state on the potential impact of the 2019 property tax levy the Glencoe-Silver Lake School will ultimately finalize in December, the board apparently had little option but to set the preliminary levy as high as possible Monday, Sept. 10.
At the recommendation of Business Manager Michelle Sander, the board set its preliminary levy at the maximum level it could. Sander’s advice on the preliminary levy was based on the district not yet receiving complete final information on land values and enrollments and the impact of the levy from the Minnesota Department of Education. Knowing the preliminary levy can only be maintained or reduced by its scheduled final adoption Dec. 10, board members passed the maximum levy they could.
The board never included a percentage or number attached to the preliminary levy. Without a percent increase, no one knows the impact the preliminary levy might have on a typical residential or commercial property in the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District. That information won’t come to the school board until later this fall, when it is ready to OK the final 2019 property tax levy that will be collected next year and divvied out to districts in 2020.

Read the complete story in the Sept. 12 edition of The Chronicle.