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Osakis School Board decreases property tax levy

The levy was set at $1,801,078.56, which is a decrease of 2.44% from last year. Last year's levy was $1,836,059.24.

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Osakis School Board members approved the district's property tax levy at the truth-in-taxation hearing on Monday, Dec. 13.

The levy was set at $1,801,078.56, which is a decrease of 2.44% from last year. Last year's levy was $1,836,059.24.

The total levy is divided between the general fund, community service fund, debt service and OPEB debt service, which is for retirement. The individual amounts are as follows:

  • General fund: $727,416.53

  • Community service fund: $48,544.91

  • General debt service: $1,025,107.12

  • OPEB debt service: $0

Superintendent Randy Bergquist, who attended the meeting via Zoom, said, "I know people are going to say, 'That's hardly anything.' But anything is better than nothing, especially in society today when we need something … to kind of uplift us."

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Randy Bergquist

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Board treasurer Justin Dahlheimer said it's "very rare" to see a decrease levy, with the common expectation being a 1% to 2% increase with inflation.

"It shows there's a lot of prudence by the board here, and Randy, and the administration presenting a budget and taking what we need from the taxpayers, not what we want," Dahlheimer said.

Bergquist agreed, saying, "It's a real credit to the district and a real credit to the school board as well, so thank you, everyone."

Bergquist said the district will receive $8,797,617.58 in other aid from the state and federal governments, bringing the district's total revenue to $10,598,696.14.

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