Details of the proposed 2013-14 school budgets in Northfield and Linwood include tax levy growth under the 2 percent cap and tax rate increases in both districts.

In Northfield, the proposed budget — which doesn’t apply to the remaining tax bills for this school year — would include a total general budget of about $13.1 million, Northfield School District Business Administrator Linda Albright said. The tax levy would increase by about $171,000, or about 2 percent, to about $8.7 million.

The tax rate would increase by about 1.75 cents from the current 2012-13 school budget, to just above $1 per $100 of assessed value. That would come after tax rate increases of about 0.75 cents and 0.1 cents the last two school years. The yearly bill in Northfield for a home with the average assessed value of $256,640 would be about $2,566.

In Linwood, the proposed 2013-14 school budget, including capital reserves, would be about $14.2 million, including a tax levy of almost $11.2 million — an increase from last school year of just under 2 percent, School Business Administrator Teri Weeks said.

The tax rate would increase by 3.6 cents to about $1.42 per $100 of assessed value. The yearly bill in Linwood for a home with the average assessed value of $381,607 would be around $5,400.

The proposed budget would include fewer position cuts than previously planned, due to more state aid than expected, Linwood Superintendent Tom Baruffi said.

Instead of three full-time positions being eliminated, including a Spanish teaching position, and a math teaching position and special education position reduced to part-time, the latest proposal would include the loss of one full-time teaching position on the elementary level, two full-time aide positions and another aide position reduced to part time.

Both budgets are expected to be discussed at meetings March 25, including a public hearing on the budget in Linwood.

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