The school district has a budget of $272 million and when compared to the 2017 budget, this year the district was able to allocate $15.2 million more into several different categories.
It breaks down like this an additional $7.9 million goes to salary and benefits, the majority of that goes to wage increases across all staff members plus the district was hit pretty hard with the rise in health insurance.
The district was able to allocate $3 million to hire 56 new teachers and some assistant principals to help out with behavioral problems that were evident at Washington Middle School.
$5.3 million in contracted services such as utilities, repairs and telecommunications.
$5.2 million in non-capital purchases such as school supplies, computers and textbooks.
$2.5 million in fund balance.
$2.3 million in special education transfers, that is two million more then the district has ever allocated before.
$-8.0 million decrease in debt transfer.
It was explained that three factors contribute to the budget, property values which has increased 4.09 percent back to the level they were at before the recession, state aid which also increased 2.52 percent and enrollment which decreased 1.48 percent.
Those factors allowed the district to decrease the property tax levy from 10.16 to 10.10 meaning home owners will pay a little less in property taxes this year.
One of the promises following April’s referendums was that property taxes would not increase and the district said that without the $16.5 million operational referendum approved by voters last spring, the district would have faced a $5 million revenue deficit for this budget.
On Wednesday night there will be a public engagement hearing at the district office at 5:30 p.m.
On November 1 following another public hearing the district expects to adopt the 2018 budget.