The Red Lion school board voted earlier this month to approve the proposed final budget without a property tax increase for the next school year.

The $85.8 million balanced budget was approved unanimously by the board.

If the final budget is approved in June as written, this is the second year in a row the district will not raise property taxes. The district was approved by the state to increase taxes by 2.8 percent, but the millage rate will stay at 22.4 mills if no changes are made.

There are no program cuts included in the budget this year, said Terry Robinson, district business manager.

One administrative position, the director of student services, will be cut next year because the individual in that position is retiring, Robinson added. He estimated that change saved the district about $100,000.

The district was able to hold level spending on many key factors in the budget for next year, according to board documents. Salaries and benefits did not become a larger percentage of the budget, decreasing from 60 percent this year to 58.9 percent next year. The district's debt payments became a smaller portion of the budget, decreasing from 11.1 percent to 10.7 percent.

The board is scheduled to vote on the final budget at its meeting Wednesday, June 4.

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