South Callaway School Board leaves tax rate unchanged for 2013

No changes were made Wednesday night when the South Callaway R-II Board of Education set the district’s property tax rate at $2.75 per $100 assessed valuation — the same rate as last year.

Because of tax rate guidelines set by the state auditor’s office, South Callaway Superintendent Kevin Hillman told the board the $2.75 tax rate is the minimum rate the board is allowed to set under Missouri law.

Hillman noted real estate and personal property tax assessments in the district increased from $306 million last year to $326 million this year.

The extra $20 million in assessed valuations in the district will result in an extra $547,534 in revenue to the district, he said. That amounts to about 6.4 percent of the district’s planned $10.8 million in total revenue for the current school year.

Hillman told the board students and teachers are reacting favorably to the introduction of iPads through most of the school district.

Hillman said all elementary students third grade and above and all high school students now have iPads and are taking them home each night.

“This has created a favorable buzz throughout the school. The iPads have caused some big changes. Teachers and students are adjusting,” he said.

Last year iPads were issued to seventh grade students as part of a pilot project.

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