Archive for Saturday, July 30, 2005

School district mill levy apparently headed down

July 30, 2005

Despite a proposed capital outlay mill levy increase, the Baldwin School District will have a 1.637 mill levy decrease for the 2005-2006 school year, as proposed at the School Board meeting Thursday night.

The district is planning to increase the capital outlay fund by 1.827 mills, but the local-option budget would be decreasing by 3.655 mills. Supt. James White said the result would be beneficial to the public.

"We're actually going to drop about two mills this year," White said. "That means they (taxpayers) pay less taxes."

The budget discussion began with White explaining how much more money the district would have this year, which is around $200,000. But White said part of this money would be going the special education fund, which flows to the special education coop.

"Three years ago, they (state) started running the special ed money through the local school district's general fund money," White said. "It's money that used to go straight to special ed. Basically we don't have any control over it. It's just flow through money. They send it to us and we send it to the coop."

The school board also discussed a list of items White created for the capital outlay fund. The items that received much discussion were replacing vehicles, the baseball and softball fields and the track addition north of the ball fields.

Many other points came up in the meeting, such as the proposed auditorium, athletic facilities, land near the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center, a sidewalk from the Firetree Estates to the Baldwin Junior High School, School Resource Officer and even working with the city and possibly Baker University to build a civic center.

Several of these items will be discussed at the next school board meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Baldwin High School.

There will be more information on Thursday's meeting in next week's Baldwin City Signal.

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