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East Grand Board of Education certifies mill levy

The East Grand Board of Education conducted a brisk meeting Tuesday night following an hour and a half long executive session pertaining to personnel matters.

After returning to the open meeting the Board quickly approved a motion certifying the mill levy property tax for 2015 at 21.927 mills, down from the current levy of 22.385.

Shannon Bingham of Western Demographics presented the Board with the findings of his research into the district’s reapportionment process and the “money in–Lieu-of-Land” dedication fees.

Bingham recommended the district reapportion with the already existing boundaries, previously used for reapportionment in 2010. Reapportionment and a district review of internal boundaries are required to take place every five years. Bingham indicated he expects the district will need to change the boundaries during their next reapportionment.

He also recommended updates to the school district’s existing formulas used to determine the “money in-Lieu-of-Land” fees. The formulas currently used by the district for the “money in-Lieu-of-Land” fees are more than 20 years old.

“Money in-Lieu-of-Land” fees are assessed on large developments in specific taxing districts. The fees are calculated using a formula to determine the cost and impact the development in question will have on the taxing district, in this instance a school district.

The Board also welcomed Sudi Newcomer to her new position as executive assistant to Superintendent Jody Mimmack. Newcomer recently replaced longtime Superintendent’s executive assistant Sarah Berggren.

Berggren resigned abruptly from her position in November after her submittal of a letter to the Board of Education that alleges, among other things, violations of the law have taken place between the Board of Education and Superintendent Mimmack.

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