Anoka-Hennepin tax levy up 4.9% over 2021 | Education


The Anoka-Hennepin School District has accredited its 2022 property tax levy with a 4.86% improve over final yr. The School Board accredited the $127.4 million property tax levy Dec. 13.

A significant factor within the improve over 2021 was the capital initiatives referendum, which voters accredited in November to pay for expertise. Voters renewed the levy for 10 years on the similar degree beforehand approved. But the district had forgone accumulating taxes for the capital initiatives levy for the third time in 2021 so as to mitigate tax will increase on property homeowners. The School Board approved different district funds to pay for expertise in 2021.

In 2022 the district will as soon as once more acquire the capital initiatives levy, which is able to herald about $4.4 million.

An improve within the district’s tax base was additionally a big issue within the 2022 levy improve, based on Chief Financial Officer Michelle Vargas. That’s as a result of the tax base improve precipitated a shift from help to levy, which means the district receives much less equalization help from the state, leading to the next levy on native taxpayers attributable to formulation in state legislation.

The voter-approved normal referendum levy elevated by $2.8 million. About $1 million was attributable to inflationary will increase constructed into the levy, and the remaining was due to the aid-to-levy shift, Vargas mentioned.

The aid-to-levy shift additionally affected the working capital levy, used for textbooks and tools, which elevated by about $312,000. And it affected the profession technical levy, used for profession and technical highschool bills; that levy went up about $442,000, partially as a result of shift and in addition as a result of extra certified packages have been added to the curriculum, Vargas mentioned.

General fund changes have been down by about $885,000 in comparison with 2021, attributable to enrollment verification, modifications in property valuations and extra, Vargas mentioned.

The district is levying solely $50,000 for reemployment insurance coverage, down from $500,000 final yr, Vargas mentioned. The quantity decreased considerably as a result of the district was capable of higher estimate the pandemic affect this yr in comparison with final yr, she mentioned.

The long-term services upkeep levy decreased by about $250,000 for 2022 attributable to a discount within the variety of college students, she mentioned.