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Rochester Public Schools will hold a special public meeting Tuesday to lay out the district's 2020 local property tax levy.

The district is proposing about $66 million levy next year -- nearly a $10 million increase from this year.

Despite the 17.8 percent increase, the tax rate per dollar value of property is projected to go down for property owners in the school district. That's because the district's property tax valuation increased by $1.2 billion -- an 8.9 percent jump.

Two bond referendum questions passed Nov. 5 for $180.9 million to construct an elementary school, a middle school, rebuild two existing schools and to build a pool at Century High School on district-owned land.

That voter-approved bond adds $11.1 million to the district's levy while at the same time, a 20-year bond that paid for construction of Century High School and Riverside Elementary School have been paid off.

The meeting is at the Edison Administration Building at 6 p.m. A meeting to certify the levy is set for Dec. 10.

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