Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.
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Future school property taxes will be reduced by nearly $5 million following a bond refinance. The South Washington County School Board on Thursday approved a debt refinancing plan that will reduce payments by $4.99 million over nine years. Debt totaling roughly $33 million from a voter-approved bond that funded construction of East Ridge High School and other projects was refinanced. The refinancing will affect the school portion of property taxes paid beginning in 2018, Finance Director Dan Pyan said.
School District 833 South Washington County Schools is seeking the maximum-allowed property tax levy for 2017, but the proposal still is less than what is being collected this year. More referendum revenue due to higher enrollment coupled with increased state aid and other factors contributed to a 0.63 percent drop in the district's levy. The district proposes a total tax levy of $73.41 million in 2017. That's down from $73.88 million for 2016. The District 833 School Board approved the proposed levy Sept. 15.
School District 833 Refinanced debt could save School District 833 taxpayers more than $4 million. South Washington County Schools plans to reissue $34.13 million in debt approved in 2008 in hopes of cutting the interest rates in half. The debt currently has interest rates ranging from 4 percent to 5 percent, said Jodie Zesbaugh, a senior municipal advisor at Ehlers, a financial firm contracted by the school district. Refunding in the current market could secure rates of 2 percent to 4 percent, she said.
Maintenance workers in South Washington County Schools have a new contract. The district reached agreement with Maintenance Employees, Local 70, on a two-year agreement covering July 1, 2016, to June...
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"People got to heal," Paul Rode said at the close of a 9/11 memorial event.
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State officials identified 80 homes in south Washington County with drinking water containing certain chemical levels that exceed new federal health guidelines.
Teachers would receive higher pay increases, and a contentious policy to determine how teaching spots are filled would undergo changes in a new tentative contract agreement between South Washington County Schools and its teachers. School District 833 and the United Teachers of South Washington County reached the tentative agreement through mediation July 25. School Board Chairman Ron Kath, who is on the district negotiating committee, said both sides were open-minded and willing to flex.
South Washington County Schools has a tentative contract agreement with its teachers union.