An Explanation of Levy Limitation and Certification
Each year, school districts are required to review their Levy Limitation and Certification Report provided by the state. Basically, this will be a review of the 2013 payable 2014 levy limitation report which is based on student enrollment numbers, multiple formulas, and the net tax capacity of the school district. As a district, we must adhere to the numerous Levy Limitation timelines and expectations in place, and I’ve provided a summary below:
• School districts must adopt a proposed 2013 payable 2014 property tax levy by Oct. 1, 2013.
• Copies of the proposed levies must be sent to MDE and the county auditor.
• School districts are required to meet the Truth in Taxation requirements for the levy year.
• School districts must discuss the payable 2014 levy and current year budget at a regularly scheduled board meeting.
• The meeting must take place after November 25, 2013, but before the final levy is adopted.
• The meeting must also take place at 6:00 p.m. or later.
I realize this is old news and I am way behind the times, but what’s new? I’ve always been a little late coming to the party; I’ve been wearing the same jean jacket since the 1990s. Thank goodness they are making a comeback.
But, this isn’t about the latest fashion trends.
My old news is in reference to the hype and chatter revolving around Miley Cyrus. Many people have expressed strong opinions about the subject, and about Miley. There’s just one catch. I believe most of us are focusing on the wrong issue.
All across the country students are returning to the friendly confines of the classroom and reconnecting with friends they haven’t seen all summer. There are “Welcome Back!” banners, posters, and celebrations for the annual occasion. There is another group of individuals returning to familiar surroundings this week - lawmakers coming back to Washington D.C., to finish this session of Congress. Unfortunately for these Senators and Representatives, both houses will be dealing with the immediate issue of a potential military strike on Syria. Coming in a close second for Congress is the fact that the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
I thought it would be easier the second time around, but I was wrong.
We are packing up our oldest son for college this week and I find my eyes watering inexplicably. My son wonders why my eyes are red and I tell him it must be allergies.
What’s curious, though, is three years ago, when his sister started college, the same thing happened.
I was excited for her then, and I am excited for him now.
Buildings and Construction
With the exception of a few details, additional cleaning and final touch-ups, the school buildings and grounds have been completed, approved, and ready for students to return from summer break. We’ll continue to work with contractors as they replace a few security cameras, hang the curtain and lights on stage, and complete some unfinished business on their punch-lists.
If you were unable to join us at the Aug. 27 dedication ceremony, be sure to stop in for a visit, and then tour the facilities with me. Thank you for the support and patience throughout the 16-month construction process.