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Seine River raises mill rate

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 03/16/2018 9:00 AM

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Trustees in Seine River School Division have passed their 2018-2019 budget, laying to rest the option of drawing on a $1.8 million divisional surplus to decrease their request of ratepayers.

A home assessed at $276,000 can expect to pay $76 more in school tax later this year when the mill rate rises 1.34 percent to 14.65.

The idea withdrawing $100,000 from the surplus to reduce the increase was the subject of considerable discussion at a school board meeting last month, but proved not to be a bone of contention at Tuesday’s vote.

The budget, which contains a 1.4 percent increase in expenditures, makes allowances for two full-time classroom positions that will only partially offset a fall enrollment projected to increase by at least 92 students.

Spending per pupil came in about $1,000 under the provincial average of $13,187.

Trustee Gary Nelson said this week’s release of the provincial budget confirmed a carbon tax will affect the transportation and heating costs in the budget going forward.

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