Property tax to drop for residents in the Eau Claire Area School District

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire Area School District will have the lowest property tax levy this school year since 1984.

Property tax will decrease to $8.28 per $1,000 of assessed property value making it the lowest it has been since 1984.

The district is also expecting a balanced budget for the first time since the 2010-2011 school year.

The district's equalized property valuation grew 5.2% over the past year.

This school year, ECASD is serving 126 more students compared to last year.

Special education spending is expected to reach $26.5 which is about $2 million more than last year.

The school board also approved a wage increase for staff on average of 2.2 % for $2 million more than last year's budget.