The School Board on Aug. 23 approved the 2018 tax levy rate at $5.3622. The 2018 rate includes an operating levy of $4.4265 and a debt service levy of $0.9357. The approval followed a public hearing.The rate reflects a net increase of 45 cents over the 2017 rate due to voter approval of Prop R-P in April 2018. The increase is helping fund key elements in the Strategic Plan, including additional hands-on learning opportunities for students, expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math opportunities for students, expanding mental health supports, reducing gaps in achievement, competitive salaries and benefits, and facility maintenance and upkeep.The 2017 rate of $4.9122 was a decrease from the rate of $5.0397 that had been in place since 2004. The rate is calculated based on the assessed valuation of real estate and personal property in the District. The rate decreased in 2017 to offset increases in property values due to reassessment.