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Mead School District Resolution No. 11-12

This is a proposed three-year property tax levy. Voters in the Mead School District are being asked to approve an excess levy of $4.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would raise an estimated $62 million annually for maintenance and operations beginning in 2013 to supplement the district’s state funding. The school district’s current levy of $3.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value is expiring. If approved by voters, the owner of a $150,000 home, for example would pay $688.50 per year. A copy of the Mead School Board’s resolution authorizing the levy request can be found here. Information about the levy compiled by the Mead School District can be found here.

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