Air quality, instruction materials highlight budget

FALLS CITY - The Falls City School District 56 held its budget and property tax hearing on Monday.

A 10 percent increase in the operating budget is proposed. The budget calls for a property tax requirement of  $9.5 million, which will be a 2 percent decrease in the property tax rate.

The School District 56 assessed property valuation increased by 4 percent for the 2021 tax year.

The budget increase primarily represents the $2 million ESSER II & III federal funding allocated into the General and Special Building Funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Superintendent Tim Heckenlively said the additional budgeted Federal funds will be targeted at approved programs and curricular and instructional materials, which address learning loss among students, including low-income students and children with disabilities.

Funds will also improve indoor air quality at the high school and middle school buildings.