Residents of the Clinton Community School District will see their school taxes go down slightly under a budget passed this week.

The school board passed a budget that reduced overall spending from $17.88 million last year to $17.56 million this year.

Of this year’s amount, about $5.29 million will be paid with local property taxes. That’s up less than 1 percent from last year’s tax levy of $5.25 million.

Despite the slight increase in the tax levy, individual homeowners will pay slightly less in school taxes.

Owners of a home valued at $100,000 will pay an average of $1,204 in school taxes. That’s down from last year, when a $100,000 home was taxed at $1,224.

How could the levy go up and taxes go down?

Property values have increased slightly, and a larger tax base means expenses are spread out over a larger pool of property value.

The board also allocated $1.06 million toward the debt on the high school constructed in 2001.

The board has “taken steps to aggressively pay down” the debt related to building a new high school in 2001, Clinton Director of Business Services Dan McCrea said in a news release.

The goal is to pay the debt off as soon as possible to reduce the amount of interest the district has to pay, McCrea said. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

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