Triton approves 2016 tax levy
Residents of the Triton School District will see the school portion of their 2016 tax bill decreasing by 13.5 percent after the school board approved a final 2015 Payable 2016 levy certification of $2,092,984 compared to a 2015 budget of $2,419,683.
Broken down by fund, the 2016 levy includes $1,176,790 for the General Fund, $120,235 for the Community Service Fund and $795,959 for Debt Redemption.
Much of the decrease, Supt. Brett Joyce said, is because last year’s increase due to a health and safety issue has been resolved.
The board also approved a trip to Denver in January for Triton FFA members.
FFA Advisor Robert Ickler said the Triton cattle judging team won the right to judge at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver, Jan. 6-10, 2016 by placing third in the state competition. The four-member judging team, Courtney Dohrmann, Brianna Fitzgerald, Mary Moenning and Cameron Marquardt, will be judging cattle, hogs, sheep and goats. This is the first time any Triton FFA judging team has advanced to this level, Ickler said.
The trip was also opened to other FFA students who wished to go and six additional students will attend, he said.
While the team is judging, he said, the other Triton students will tour the animal science and agriculture departments at Colorado State University and tour a lamb feedlot.
The trip, he said, will be paid for by students, parents, funds from the annual Corn Drive and donations received.
The board also approved the 2017 Wolf Ridge Trip.
The 2016 trip will be Jan. 15-18, 2016, said advisor Kim Swanson. This year 80 freshmen are signed up for the weekend trip along with nine seniors who will be helping out and 15 adult chaperones. This is the 26th year for the Wolf Ridge trip, she said.
Purchase of a used school bus for $97,000 was also approved by board members.
In other action the board approved: