Last year taxes went down significantly more than projected or planned for due to the impact of consolidation aid calculations from the state, which were beyond our control. The result was taxes going down over 12% in 2019/20 when only a 4% decrease was projected. This 12% decrease caused HHASD to have both a lower mill rate and lower taxes than anticipated. This year, the aid calculations went in the opposite direction, resulting in a tax levy increase of 9.9% which was confirmed on October 21, 2020, after multiple meetings with representatives from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and Robert W. Baird & Co. While this is a significant increase, it is only about 3% higher than we had originally projected during our 2017 consolidation study.
While there wasn’t time to get this updated in the newspaper before the Annual Meeting, emails were sent out to parents of students, to staff and as many taxpayers in the community as we had email addresses. We also posted this information on various social media platforms. Two community meetings were held face to face and virtually on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:30 P.M. at Richfield Middle School and on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. at Friess Lake Elementary for any residents who wanted to talk about this prior to the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting was held at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, October 26, 2020, at Richfield Middle School. The budget and tax levy were approved unanimously at the Annual Meeting by approximately 25 residents in attendance.
There is a more detailed explanation of this information posted to our website www.hhasd.org.
Tara Villalobos, HHASD Administrator