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BRIGHTON – Debt elimination has significantly reduced the amount of taxes Brighton School must collect from local landlords to support its 2021-2022 budget.

“The biggest impact on the 2021-2022 budget is the repayment of all debts, which impacts the millet rate,” Acting District Administrator Gary Albrecht said.

The tax levy, approved Tuesday, is down $ 204,154, or 17.6%, from $ 1,163,071 in support of the 2020-21 school year to $ 958,917.

The corresponding tax rate is set at $ 4.08 per $ 1,000 of equalized property value. This puts the Brighton School part of a tax bill at $ 816 on a $ 200,000 property and $ 1,224 on a $ 300,000 house.

District general fund expenses are expected to decrease by $ 67,335, or 2.9%, from $ 2,306,134 last school year to $ 2,238,799 this year. Salaries and employee benefits account for 85% of these costs.

A 33.48% increase in state aid, from $ 218,387 to $ 291,508, also offsets the amount of taxes to be collected locally. Brighton School will see the largest increase in state aid among all schools in Kenosha County.

Referendum on facilities

The 2021-2022 budget and levy puts the district in good financial shape as it braces for the possibility of a referendum on facilities after a failed $ 3.97 million request last spring .