The West Point Public Schools board of education approved the district’s new budget and property tax requests Monday night during the September board meeting.

This year’s spending plan will cut the tax request by $473,898 from last year’s, and drops the levy 6.3 cents per $100 of valuation from last year. The overall levy is 74.68 cents, compared to last year’s levy of 81 cents.

This year, the board held its budget hearing Sept. 6 instead of during the normal school board meeting so district patrons had more time to learn about the budget and ask questions before the board took final action on it. Neither McAllister nor the board heard from anyone concerning the budget after the hearing.

The general fund tax request is $9.29 million, down from last year’s $9.78 million, and also lower than the 2015-2016 request of $9.49 million. That fund pays for the day-to-day operations of the school district, including staff salaries and benefits.

Overall, salaries and benefits, which make up most of the general fund, went up about three and a half percent, but the total dollars spent are less this year because of reductions in staff after the closing of the Beemer Elementary School.

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