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District sets compensating tax rate for 2020-21, slightly lower than last year
The Ballard County Board of Education selected the compensating tax rate at its August meeting. This move lowered the real estate property tax rate from 55 cents per $100 of assessed value to 54.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. Tangible property rates will go down from 55.5 cents per $100 of assessment to 54.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.
“We always strive to be good stewards of all public money,” said Dr. Casey Allen, Ballard superintendent. “Because of good management by our board over the years, our district has been able to end those years with strong finances.” Some of those measures have included reducing surplus property, and keeping staffing in line with enrollment, he added.
 “Despite some challenging times, we continue to work on balancing our needs with our resources,” said board chair Karen Tilford Hensley. “There may come a time when we will need more resources to accomplish our district goals, but the board thought it was fair and reasonable for us to reduce our tax rate while our resources are adequate to accomplish our work.”
She continued, “We still want to work toward our goal of moving our salaries into a more competitive range with our neighbor. Great teachers make for great schools, and competitive salaries are necessary to get and keep great teachers – as well as great bus drivers, cafeteria and custodial workers, and other support staff.”
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