The Minnesota Legislature approved two school levies during the 2013 session. Those levies resulted in an increase in the per pupil funding for students of over $500. District 318 Superintendent Bruce Thomas said the districts overall budget is fifty six million dollars however the local levy portion is just over ten million dollars. He said that amounts to about a 3% raise to residents property taxes and wants to remind us that over the past ten years the school district has been in a budget cutting mode and have pared their budget down significantly.