The New Ulm District 88 School Board on Thursday approved the district’s preliminary property tax levy for 2012. The $4.9 million levy is only a .67% increase from this year’s levy. District 88 Superintendent Harold Remme says there are a number of adjustments that are made to the levy from one year to the next, and that the levy is lower this year because of changes in obligations with the district’s auto-tech building and the River Bend District. A public hearing concerning the proposed District 88 tax levy will take place during the school board’s December 8th meeting, with final approval then taking place December 22nd. The levy can be lowered, but not raised past it’s preliminary number. In other business on Thursday, the New Ulm School Board established an election board and approved a list of election judges for the upcoming referendum vote this November. Remme says that a certain number of judges are needed at each polling place. District 88 will be asking voters to approve a $725 per-pupil levy referendum to avoid cuts to programs and staff. An informational meeting concerning the referendum will be held at 7pm on Monday, October 17th at the District Administrative Center in New Ulm.