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CCSD holding budget public hearing Thursday

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The Carroll Community School District will hold a public hearing on the district's upcoming fiscal-year budget at noon Thursday.

The proposed budget remains fairly steady compared to the current-year budget.

Attendees can go to the meeting in person; they will be required to wear masks and social distance, and if more than 25 attend, the meeting will be held in a different location. The meeting also will be available virtually via Zoom. The link to join is and the passcode, if needed, is 3N73Eq.

The hearing will be held at the beginning of the noon meeting, which will be held in the board conference room at Adams Elementary School. The board then will go into a closed session to interview a candidate for the district's director of business affairs position. The current director, Gary Bengtson, will retire at the end of this school year.

After the public hearing, the school board will vote on the budget before sending it to the state to be certified.

The proposed budget includes a school property tax rate of $9.5713 per $1,000 of taxable valuation, up from $9.5449 from the current fiscal year. That’s an increase of less than 3 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation, or an increase of about .3 percent.

Here’s how that breaks down: The owner of a $150,000 house, considered a median value in Carroll, would pay $809.87, a $21.35 increase. That increase also takes into account higher property valuations for the next fiscal year. Because the formulas determining what percentage of a business property is taxed are not changing next year, the owner of a $1 million business property would pay $8,614.17, a $23.76 increase.

Little is changing between this year’s and next year’s budgets, allowing the rate to remain almost the same, Carroll Community School District Superintendent Casey Berlau said during a recent school board meeting.

Some of the changes in next year’s budget include salary increases based on raises as well as salaries for a few new teacher positions being added; a decrease in next year’s management fund levy because of the healthy balance the fund currently contains; and an increase in the school’s expenditures because stimulus money for schools is funneled through those funds.

“We’ve got pretty good-looking projections going forward with this budget,” Berlau said. “We’re fortunate to be where we’re at. There’s a lot of positives in terms of this budget.”

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