The Wichita school board voted this week to keep the local property-tax rate flat, but other school districts haven’t been able to do that. Hutchinson is raising its taxes this year by 4.439 mills to offset funding cuts and cost increases, the Hutchinson News reported. “We estimate that our local taxpayers are paying 6 mills more than they should because the state is not paying equalization aid like it should,” said Lori Blakesley, director of fiscal management for the Hutchinson school district. Statewide, equalization aid this year is about $74 million less than the statutory requirement.
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