West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Property Tax Levy Drops for Now

West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Property Tax Levy Drops for Now
Posted on 11/15/2018
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This tax season, the school mill rate is dropping $1.45 per $1,000 of equalized property value for residents in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.  The reduction from $10.99 to $9.54 is based on the property tax levy of $41,769,015 approved by the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Board of Education on Monday, October 22, 2018.

The reduction reflects a change in circumstances from last year.  In 2017, the District received proceeds from a lawsuit settlement and the sale of Roosevelt School, therefore increasing revenue.  As enrollment, revenue, expenditures, and equalized property values in the community are all factors in the calculation, state aid funding was reduced by $5.8 million.

“During the 2017-2018 school year, when our state aid dropped and our enrollment stayed the same,” explains Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond, “we found ourselves in a difficult spot.  While our Board of Education voted not to tax to the full extent permitted under the formula, the levy was increased and the mill rate went up from the previous year.”

When residents of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District get their tax bills for 2018, the mill rate will have decreased by 13.20%.

Next year, the factors impacting the state aid formula may change again. The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is scheduled to close on the sale of the buildings on South 70th Street, 7021 W. Washington Street and all adjacent parking properties for $7.25 million dollars.  If sold, the District will likely see a reduction in state aid.

“In 2019, the property tax levy may increase. However, after the sale of District property, things should stabilize.  We’ve been working diligently to move forward after a fiscally challenging time. We appreciate the support of our community.  It’s important to know mill rates fluctuate due to the funding formula,” said Lexmond.

Note:  The mill rate calculated by the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District for residents is listed.  Rate may vary for residents in New Berlin and Greenfield. The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District operates within the revenue limits imposed by the State of Wisconsin in 1993.