The Alton School Board increased the district tax levy a little more than 5-percent during it's monthly meeting last night. The levy for the coming fiscal year represents an estimated levy that will be about $2-million more than last year, but the final number won't be known until next spring when the tax rate is set by the county.

The total estimated levy should be around $32.4 million dollars for the Alton School District. A public hearing was held before the board meeting, but there were no comments made on the proposed increase. A public hearing must take place if the proposed increase is more than 5-percent, and the rate was increased 5.1 percent. A school district official says the levy increase does not automatically mean taxes on the school portion of your property taxes will go up, but it means the district is attempting to collect the maximum amount it can under the law. Also at last nights meeting, the district recognized the dozen Alton High School students who shaved their heads for the St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser that raised more than $8-thousand to fight childhood cancer. The board also heard of a $10,000 donation to Alton High from Dynegy Midwest Generation for new science equipment at the school.