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Local districts report jump in tax credit donations in 2000; Humboldt schools receive 28% more to help pay for extracurricular activities

DEWEY – Extracurricular activity tax credit donations to the Humboldt Unified School District increased by 28 percent during 2000.

Glenda Dodson, temporary accounting clerk, reported Tuesday that taxpayers gave $65,501 to the district's eight schools last year, compared with $51,147 in 1999.

Donations were up at every site.

The 2000 tax credit total for each school and the percentage of increase over the previous year were: Bradshaw Mountain High School, $25,455, 14 percent; Bradshaw Mountain Middle, $6,143, 112 percent; Coyote Springs Elementary, $5,060, 24 percent; Glassford Hill Middle, $10,397, 10 percent; Humboldt Elementary, $4,400, 1 percent; Lake Valley Elementary, $4,737, 89 percent; Liberty Traditional, $2,735, 149 percent; and Mountain View Elementary, $6,575, 105 percent.

Each principal controls spending of tax donation money. Dodson noted that accounts experiencing the heaviest donor activity recently have been those for the Mountain View Elementary chorus, Humboldt Ele-mentary academic enrichment, Glassford Hill's marine biology club field trip, and Bradshaw Mountain High School's Spanish Club field trip.

"Extracurricular activities" means school-sponsored activities that require enrolled students to pay a fee to participate, Dodson said.

Generally, the school considers any educational or recreational activities that supplement the educational program of the school to be extra curricular, she added.

This year, the amount a couple filing jointly may donate to public schools and then take off its tax bill increases from $200 to $250.

(EDITOR'S NOTE – Watch The Daily Courier for a story about tax credit donations to the Prescott Unified School District. Officials there said the district will not know until Feb. 15 how much it received.)

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