The Western Dubuque School Board passed a resolution calling for a continuation of the Instructional Support Levy at the Sept. 13 board meeting at the recommendation of Superintendent Rick Colpitts.
First passed by a vote in 2002, Western Dubuque school boards have renewed the levy in 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2022.
Programming plans call for the levy to pay for teacher salaries that help reduce class sizes and private school textbooks and technology.
The levy amount is determined by taking the regular program district costs ($23,189,720), multiplying by 10 ($2,318,927), subtracting the unfunded state aid portion (464,490), giving the district a total estimated instructional support levy of $1,854,482.
Colpitts explained to the board the levy is funded by property tax ($193,019) and income surtax of 6% ($1,661,463) for a total of $1,854,482.
“The passage of this will result in no increase in property taxes,” Colpitts said. “This program is already in place.”
Funds from the income surtax are delayed a year and will begin in 2022. The tax is applied to the final state income tax of individuals and sent to districts the following fiscal year. Colpitts told the board a family paying $900 a year in state income tax is currently paying an additional $54 per year for the income surtax.
The levy, will be in place for five years, beginning with the 2022-23 school year at a rate of 10%.
Western Dubuque’s total tax levy rate is 11.26131, below the state average of 13.32835.
The board also:
• Heard building reports from principals in the district.
• Heard reports on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) and Conditions for Learning from Director of Curriculum and Assessment Kelly Simon.
• Approved the final payment to Conlon Construction for $20,858.13 on the Western Dubuque multi-school additions.
• Increased the 2021-22 adult lunch price from $3.85 to $3.95, an increase dictated by the United Stated Department of Agriculture.