School board to vote on levy for 2018

NEW ULM — The District 88 Board of Education will decide the final certification of its proposed taxes payable in 2018 on Thursday, Dec. 21.

The tax levy for 2018 increased over the 2017 actual property tax levy by $243,727 or 3.08 percent, to $8,162,483.23 total.

The preliminary levy was approved at the board’s September meeting. At that time it was approved at the maximum amount.

A resolution establishing a combined polling place will also be considered at the Thursday meeting.

It places the polling place for all territory covered by District 88 in Blue Earth, Brown and Nicollet Counties at the New Ulm Community Center (600 N. German St., New Ulm), according to the agenda.

According to Minnesota Statute, the combined polling place must be established by Dec. 31 for the following year.

This polling place will only be used for school district elections when there are no other elections happening simultaneously, Bertrang said in a phone call.

The board also will consider approving the final 20 percent of four community services payments. Community and Seniors Together (CAST) would get $1,200, Healthy Communities/ Healthy Youth $3,105, Network New Ulm $400 and Pro Kinship for Kids $400.

The school board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the District Boardroom at the middle school. The next regular meeting is a study session Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 5 p.m. in the Jefferson Media Center.

Connor Cummiskey can be emailed at


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