by Janet Schultz
The Lewiston-Porter Board of Education accepted Superintendent Christopher Roser's recommendations for the 2010-11 tax warrant, which included a slight tax levy increase for Lewiston and a reduced levy for Porter. The board appropriated $1.8 million to be kept in the fund balance, the same as last year.
With that budgeting, the tax levy is $21,400,704, which results in a tax rate of $22.11 per $1,000 for Lewiston, up .53 percent, or 12 cents, from the $21.99 last year; and $19.25 for Porter, reduced $1.51 from last year's $20.76. The tax warrant last year was $21,509,391.
The board approved Roser's recommendation to approve a carryover of purchase orders from last year that totaled $1,804,454 and allocate $1,202,839.74, or 3 percent of the 2010-11 approved budget, to the unappropriated fund balance. This allocation can be used for emergency situations, help stabilize next year's tax rate and/or make up for any unrealized revenue next year.