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Millard's Levy Override

A levy override is a voter approved property tax that is used for ongoing general fund expenses and operational needs. In essence, it pays for people and programs. This is different from a bond, which pays for upkeep and renovation of our buildings. In 2017 the Millard community approved a levy override for up to 9 cents to stabilize funding, staff and programs throughout the district as state aid has declined.

By law, the levy override must be continued by voters every five years. On December 5, 2022, the Millard Board of Education voted to have the community consider a continuation of levy override. This page provides information on the district finances, the levy override and the programs the levy override funds have stabilized. 

More information about the levy override is below. Information about the District's finances, including the annual audits, financial reports and budget documents, can be found here: www.mpsomaha.org/departments/business-services

Have additional questions? We would be glad to talk with you. For finance and levy questions, please contact Millard's Chief Financial Officer, Chad Meisgeier at cmmeisgeier@mpsomaha.org. For all other questions, please reach out to us at mpscommunicates@mpsomaha.org.

The Superintendent's Blog - Why We Are Asking for a Continuation of the Levy Authority
Public Presentations

Please join us for a public information presentation to learn more about the levy override. Superintendent Dr. John Schwartz and Chief Financial Officer Chad Meisgeier will give an overview of the district finances and the levy, and they will be available for questions. 

  • Monday, January 16th, 6 p.m., at the Don Stroh Administration Center, 5606 South 147th Street, Omaha, NE 68137
  • Tuesday, January 24th, 6 p.m., Millard North High School, 1010 South 144th Street, Omaha, NE 68154
  • Tuesday, January 31st, 6 p.m., Millard South High School, 14905 Q Street, Omaha, NE 68137
  • Thursday, February 2nd, 6 p.m., Millard West High School, 5710 South 176th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68135
Student and Community Benefit

Millard is one of Nebraska's highest performing school districts. A fundamental belief of the school district is excellence is worth the investment. Millard's 35 schools are a source of strength and stability throughout the community. 

  • 96% of parents rate Millard as excellent or good. *Source - The 2022 District Engagement Survey
  • Millard educates 7% of Nebraska's students, yet 40% of this year's National Merit semi-finalists and nearly 25% of the Advanced Placement Scholars came from Millard.
  • Over the past five years, Millard students scored higher on the ACT test than both the state and national average.
  • Millard offers 27 Advanced Placement courses. In the last school year, 73% of students passed their AP exams with scores qualifying them for college credit.
  • The District focuses on all students with strong systems of support and intervention.
  • Millard offers multiple programs of choice such as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, Early College, and five career academies ranging from health sciences to business and logistics.
  • Millard saves families money. In the last school year, Millard students earned 26,638 dual enrollment credits through UNO and MCC, saving approximately $2 million in tuition. 
  • Millard schools have won 132 NSAA State Championships to date. 
  • Millard is committed to the community. Community groups may reserve space in Millard schools during available times.  
Voter Information

The vote for the continuation of the levy override will be on Tuesday, March 14th. This will be a special election conducted by mail. All registered voters in Millard will receive a ballot in the mail in mid-February. The ballot may be returned by mail or in select ballot drop boxes. For your vote to count, ballots must be either at the election commissioner's office or an official ballot drop box by 5 p.m. on election day. 

In Douglas County, only two ballot drop boxes will be open for the Millard Schools special election. The first will be at the Douglas County Election Commission, 12220 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68144, in the southwest end of the parking lot under the light pole. The second will be at the Millard Public Schools Foundation, 5225 South 159th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68135, at the northwest corner of the building at the end of the sidewalk.
 
Millard residents in Sarpy County may return their ballots by mail.
 
Those choosing to mail their ballot should have them in the mail seven days prior to the election, by Wednesday, March 8th, to ensure that they are received by the election day. 
 
 
Millard's Levy History

Millard's Board of Education has a strong history of fiscally conservative governance. The Board has reduced the levy four years in a row. 

2018 - 19 $1.2510
2019 - 20 $1.2260
2020 - 21 $1.2201
2021 - 22 $1.2191
2022 - 23 $1.2100

 

Metro School Levies

Millard has the second lowest levy in the Metro. The district has never used more than 4.07 cents of the authorized 9 cent override. 

District Total Levy

Bellevue

1.2000

Millard 1.2100
Omaha 1.2311
Ralston 1.2549
Papillion  1.2647
Westside 1.2852
Elkhorn 1.3831
Bennington 1.4255
Gretna 1.4853

 

Cost Per Student

Millard's cost per student is $11,053. This is the second lowest in the state of Nebraska. 

  • Millard - $11,053
  • Metro Schools Average -  $12,933
  • Statewide Average - $14,495

*Source - 2020-21 Per Pupil Cost by Average Daily Membership.

Revenue, Expenses & Property Tax Information
  • Revenue & Expenses - From 2011 to 2021 Millard's revenue increases by an average of 1.1% per year. *Source: Most recently available district audited financial statements.
  • Property Taxes - When property valuations increase, the state aid formula adjusts and the district loses a proportional amount of state aid in the following year.
State Aid Information

Millard receives $2.5 million less now than the district did in 2009-10. During this time, student enrollment has increased by more than a thousand students and operational expenses have increased over thirteen years. 

2009-2010 
State Aid
2022-2023
State Aid
2009-2023
Enrollment Growth
State Aid Change %
$75.8 Million $73.4 Million 1,000+ -3.2 %

 

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