This summer the Newton Recreation Commission approved a budget for 2018 that included a mill levy increase, and Friday administration told the commission the increase to the mill levy is not as high as expected. 

"I usually estimate (mill levies) high," said Brian Bascue, superintendent of the Newton Recreation Commission during a Friday meeting of the commission. 

The increase in mill levy for the next budget is .27 mills — an increase in taxes of $27 on a $100,000 home.  The increase was initially estimated to be .43 mills. That increase is coming in the general fund mill levy.

The estimated mill levy, including both the general fund and employee benefits, sits at 8.98 mills, rather than the early estimate of 9.14 mills.

The final mill levy numbers were generated by USD 373. The school district actually levies the taxes for the rec commission, then passes those revenues through to the Rec.

For the 2018 Rec budget, Bascue made adjustments to general funds, namely ad valorem tax funds, since presenting an initial budget about a month ago. Within those funds he cut about $100,000 from the initial proposal. In addition, he shows the use of reserve funds to reduce tax increases.