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School District Holds Annual Meeting, Voters Set Levy Amount

Hudson School District voters voted 48-8 to levy nearly $29.2 million in taxes to help cover its 2012-2013 budget.

voters voted 48-8 Tuesday night at the annual district meeting held at the auditorium to levy nearly $29.2 million in taxes to help cover its 2012-2013 budget.

The exact amount approved was $29,188,175, which was up 2.87 percent from last year's levy amount of $28,373,543.

The general fund will receive nearly $24.6 million, and the debt service fund will receive more than $4.6 million.

According to a buget presentation by Financial Services Director Tim Erickson, the district is expected to receive about $22.8 million from state sources, about $1.4 million from federal sources to cover the rest of the proposed $67.2 million budget for the 2012-13 school year. 

The total levy was set at $28,378,887, a 1.98 percent increase from last year. However, the district valuations are down 6.94 percent from last year, according to estimates based on Department of Revenue information.

Final district valuations will be provided by the Department of Revenue in October, and the school district budget is expected be finalized and approved by the Board of Education in October as well. 

St. Croix Meadows Purchase Factored In

Depsite last week from the Hudson Plan Commission, more than $475,000 is being levied to pay for interest on the $8.25 million of bonds approved by district voters in April.

Hudson Common Council is expected to accept the Plan Commission recommendation to deny rezoning at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 17.

Truman September 12, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Mr. Foley, in the article you state: "Hudson Common Council is expected to accept the Plan Commission recommendation to deny rezoning at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 17." Can you tell us what that expectation is based on? Have the council members indicated which way they are going to vote? Just curious.
Micheal Foley September 12, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Typically the council is expected to follow committee recommendations. But they don't always do so, and it's not required that they do.
Phil McGraw September 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Look at that number of $475,000 in their budget for interest on the dog track, which likely will not be rezoned for a school. That is almost $40,000 / month - they could pay for 11 more teachers with that money or make improvements to existing buildings. If they go ahead and purchase the land without rezoning, it is an outrage of fiscal irresponsibility!
Judy Stray September 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I totally agree with Phil McGraw on the fiscal irresponsibility of the district purchasing the land without rezoning. I find it also irresponsible on the part of the Hudson voters that only 56 people voted on a budget of $29.2 million. Does that say that the majority of the Hudson voters just don't care or they are tired of beating their heads against the wall with the current inefficiency of the district administration and board actions. Wow - if we have a turnout like this in November for our Presidential and Congressional election, I would say this country is in a major state of apathy. Folks should remember, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

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