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Levy and Tax Rate May Rise for RI Schools

Residents of the Rock Island School District may pay more next year to support the district. Tuesday night the school board will consider a tax levy for next year.

Chief Financial Officer, Bob Beckwith, is proposing a levy of nearly 29 million dollars - a 4.8 per cent increase over this year. And the tax rate would climb 15 cents, or about 3 per cent. 
The good news for the district is that property values are finally increasing.
Beckwith says much of the increase will be eaten up by rising contributions required for Social Security, retirement, and insurance.

If the proposed levy is approved Tuesday night, it will go on display for a month, until a public hearing and possible final adoption at the Rock Island school board's meeting on December 8th.  

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.