Budget ready for hearing
The public hearing for the Baldwin School District's 2000-2001 budget will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the district office. The school board Monday night approved the budget for publication. It appears on page B-4.
An increase to the district's general fund budget can be attributed to an anticipated increase in students and increased property valuation in the district. The $6.4 million general fund budget is based on 1,285 students an increase of 24 from last year.
The district receives $3,820 per student from the state for its general fund budget, an increase of $50 per student from the 1999-2000 school year. The district's state funding is based on the weighed number of students enrolled on Sept. 20 of each year.
"The key thing for us is we have developed this budget based on 1,285 students," said Supt. James White. "We are anticipating an increase."
The 1999-2000 general fund budget was about $6.2 million. Last year's full-time enrollment was 1,261 students.
A state-mandated tax rate of 20 mills will be required for the 2000-2001 general fund budget, the same levy as in 1999-2000. A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation. Property valuation within the district increased nearly $4 million, from $32.3 million in the 1999-2000 budget to nearly $36.3 million for 2000-2001.
The biggest increase
The district's local option budget will increase to 17 percent of its general fund budget a 10 mill increase. The local option budget is used by Kansas school districts as a supplement to their general funds.
Property taxes will rise from 9 mills to 21 mills with the LOB increase to 17 percent. A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
The district sought to increase the LOB to 25 percent, the maximum allowed by the state, in the spring. However, that increase was challenged by community members through a petition and was one of the questions on Tuesday's ballots (see related story, page A-1).
Despite the outcome of Tuesday's election, the district can raise its 2000-2001 LOB to the state average of similar-sized school districts or nearly 18 percent, which increased from 12 percent in 1999-2000.
The district chose to round down to 17 percent instead.
"We chose to do 17 percent because it will be a very significant tax increase," White said.
The LOB will fund technology purchases, facility additions and improvements, increases to teacher and staff salaries, maintenance of the charter school, and band instrument purchases.