School taxes going down

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Hutchinson, Kan. --- There is some good news for property owners. School property taxes are going down in many local districts.

This is a result of the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March on equity in school funding.

Hutchinson is one of those districts lowering taxes. The Hutch School Board this week passed their 2014-2015 budget. It includes a 13.4%reduction in the school mill levy.

For the owner of a $100,000 house it will mean a savings of $92.93.

Hutch School Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger says, "It's definitely because of the school finance lawsuit, a case in which Hutchinson was one of the four plaintiff districts. The equity part of that case has been decided which said that the law has to be funded to try to equalize taxations."

"The real win has been for the taxpayer. And so we're real glad that we were able to fight that battle and win that for the taxpayer."

Kiblinger says, "The thing that changes with the local option budget is where the money is coming from. So instead of coming from the local taxpayer it's coming from the state of Kansas."

The governor's office expects most Kansas school districts will have lower mill levies when their budgets are made.

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