Western Dubuque school board members approved a $52.6 million budget for the 2021-22 school year at their April 12 board meeting.

The total amount comes from four levies; instructional ($30,583,035), total support services ($14,220,215), non-instructional programs ($2,482,201) and total other expenditures ($5,394,711) for a total of $52,680,162.

The district levy rate for 2021-22 will be $11.26105 per $1,000 of valuation, an increase of $0.02890. The levy increase is rare in the Western Dubuque district, which has lowered the property tax levy rate in the district nine of the last 10 years, with the decreases totaling over $2 per $1,000, according to district business and finance director Mark Frasher.

Frasher said the 2021-22 levy rate factors in the 2.4% Supplemental State Aid (SSA) that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has already approved. The SSA will add $169 to the district cost per pupil for each school in Iowa, increasing total SSA at Western Dubuque next year to $7,252 per student.

In October, the district-certified enrollment increased by 68 students, giving the district a total enrollment of 3,198 students for budget purposes.