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SCHOOL BOARD’S PROPOSED BUDGET MAY REQUIRE A SMALL TAX INCREASE

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The Provo School Board is considering a $58.1 million budget that includes a property tax increase for textbooks and building projects.

The board will raise taxes to the legal limit to qualify for state money under the so-called "Robin Hood" bill approved the Utah Legislature in January. The bill equalizes the amount of money going to school districts for capital projects. Provo district will also use the money to buy new textbooks.Lynn Smith, budget administrator, said he's not sure what the increase will cost taxpayers because Utah County is in the middle of reappraising homes. Smith estimated in April that the owner of an $80,000 home would pay about $11 more a year in tax.

Smith said the increase could be more or less than that depending on whether the valuation of the home has changed.

The board will hold a truth-in-taxation hearing Aug. 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the district offices.