The New Ulm District 88 School Board held a Truth In Taxation hearing Thursday evening prior to approving the district’s budget and property tax levy for 2014. The levy for District 88 residents is going down by around $33,000 next year, or about a half-percent drop. District 88 Superintendent Jeff Bertrang says that the decrease is primarily due to statewide changes in school funding. In other business, the District 88 School Board approved both the allocation of $4,500 in Community Service funds to Community And Seniors Together and a new 2-year contract with the union representing support staff. The total financial package increase for the group of paraprofessionals and health aides is 6.52%.