District may hike tax rate
By SUSAN RUMBLE
Special to The Press
Last year, the Parkland School District administration and board decline to raise taxes as a favor to residents who may have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.
However, the 15.71 mill rate of the past two terms is likely to increase for the 2021-22 budget which is presently under consideration.
At the Jan. 19 school board meeting, directors approved a resolution to keep any tax increase no higher than the 3 percent index calculated by the state Department of Education for the fiscal year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
If taxes are increased 3 percent, the millage rate would be 16.18.
The owner of a home assessed at $228,300, the median value in Parkland, paid $3,586.59 in property tax at the 15.71 mill rate for the past two years.
At 16.8 mills, the tax would go up to $3,693.89, an increase of $107.30.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak said Parkland representatives will be working on the budget into June.
Although a 3-percent increase is permitted, Sniscak says the district will not necessarily go that high.
“We always look to mitigate the impact of the tax,” the superintendent explained.