Mill Rate Drops for 2019

Mill Rate Drops for 2019
Posted on 10/30/2019

For the second consecutive year, the school-based mill rate is dropping for residents of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.  The property tax levy of $41,834,530 approved by the Board of Education on Monday, October 28, 2019 reflects a drop in mill rate from $9.54 to $9.24 for 2019.

“In 2015, we were dealing with a $2.1 million dollar fund reserve deficit.  Since then, we’ve focused on fiscal discipline and careful budget management. Schools were consolidated, District-owned property was sold, and we made significant budget cuts,” said Director of Finance and Operations, Caitlin Windler. “These measures coupled with the receipt of a large settlement regarding post-employment benefits contributed to the restoration of our fund balance.”

In 2014, the District reported that the General Fund balance was reduced by $5,265,391.08 and further depleted by $8,779,948.33 in 2015.  As a result, the fund did not have the reserves needed to operate and pay bills on a daily basis. In order to pay salaries, benefits, and invoices in a timely manner, borrowing for short-term cash flow was needed.  This borrowing resulted in an interest payment of $1,040,000 in fiscal year 2017-2018, and $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2018-2019.  

Today, the fund reserve is nearly restored at over $18 million dollars.  

“As a community, we are well-aware of the financial and academic challenges our District has faced over the past few years,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond.  “While we continue to make fiscally responsible decisions related to our strategic plan, we are proud of the work we’ve done thus far. We are in a much stronger financial position now and student achievement is improving. We are moving forward with confidence.”

The public is invited to review the calculation of the school-based tax levy and mill rate in the 2019-2020 Budget Presentation approved on October 28, 2019 by the Board of Education.

In addition, the 2019-2020
Budget Hearing Publication is an educational tool that outlines our budget development process.  It includes a breakdown of the budget with historical data and comparisons.  

All materials can be found under Final Budget Documents in the Business Services section of our District’s website at   

“We look forward to providing continued financial transparency and informative tools to our community regarding our budget.  Our goal is to remain focused on our Strategic Plan and ensure all students are college, career, and life ready when they graduate,” adds Windler.