Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2010

School district budget looks to jump 7.497 mills

July 29, 2010

For the second straight year, the Baldwin School District mill levy might be taking another large increase.

A week ago, the Baldwin School Board approved the 2010-2011 budget for publication. The school board held a short, special meeting July 22 just to approve the budget.

School Board President Alison Bauer said the meeting lasted around 20 minutes and was just business as usual for the annual meeting.

“We just had to publish the budget as we always do,” Bauer said. “It’s just a formality that we have every year.”

The budget that was temporarily approved included a 7.497 mill increase from the 2009-2010 budget. Last year, the mill levy jumped 9.502 mills. Most of the two-year increase is because of a 13.807 mill levy increase in the district’s bond and interest.

“Part of the increase is because the county’s valuation went down,” Bauer said. “When the county valuation goes down, our mills naturally go up. You’ve got to have more mills to make the same amount of money. The other part of it was the bond issue and we knew that would swing up this year.

“We talked about the possibility of reducing the local-option budget to try and bring the mill levy down,” Bauer said. “Unfortunately, the amount we can bring it down is very small. I think it’s less than a mill. (Supt.) Mr. (Paul) Dorathy floated the idea out there and we had a very quick discussion about it.”

The district’s budget that was approved last week totals $18,842,347, which is significantly higher than the 2009-2010 budget at $17,292,696.

The final budget for the 2010-2011 school year will be approved at the next meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the District Office. The budget hearing will start at 7:30 p.m.

Comments

solo 4 years ago

Does anyone come to this site anymore???? Does anyone in this town read the newspaper? Where is the outrage?

Holy smokes---a 7.47 increase? Didn't we just get a huge increase last year? Does anyone really, really think this is the end of this nightmare? And there are still those out there that think keeping MPS and VES open is a grand idea? Who are these people and are they made of money?

Please, someone, anyone please, please, please run for School board. We need a choice. These fools are going to bankrupt us all.

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greyghost 4 years ago

I think that this is the way it's going to be for a while, dude. Just a heads up though, solo: This is happening EVERYWHERE!!!! (not just in Baldwin.)

By the way, you have Scott Lauridsen on your side of school closure. Bonus: He's on the cover of the biased, weekly newspaper every issue!

I am not made of money, but I see that closing those two schools is quite hasty due to the fact that the current elementary schools may soon be over capacity within the near future. Plus, closing them down will only save the district 2% off the annual budget.

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completelytoast 4 years ago

I think the detractors (I'm one) of the 08 bond issue are tired of complaining. We could see the train was about to run off the track, so this inevitabilty is sort of anti-climatic...

There will be 2 more unintended consequences of school district and county property tax policy that will linger for the forseeable future:

  1. house sellers who are trapped in the BC housing market.
  2. stagnant wages for our teachers.

We absolutely need growth, hopefully the intermodal can help.

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beevo 4 years ago

School Mill Levies Lawrence USD 497 & Baldwin USD 348 2010 projected mill levy changes: Lawrence USD 497 less than 2 mills for a total of total 57.894 mills Baldwin USD 348 increase of 7.497 for a total of 78.155 mills

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NanCrisp 4 years ago

Told you so, a long time ago. That's why I'm not saying any more.

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greyghost 4 years ago

Wait, you just did........again.

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Julie Craig 4 years ago

Remember the bond issue that passed? We have to pay for that. The new buildings and "other" stuff don't come without a price. This is a direct result of bond and interest payments coming due.

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BaldwinDad 4 years ago

Exactly Nancrisp....me thinks current administration needs to say sorry we screwed up and either step down or get ready for the pay cuts.

Also we need to look at other options like charter schools and different funding options for our schools. This monopoly we allow to exist in our education system is just going to bankrupt us.

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Stacy Napier 4 years ago

It is not going to change in this town. They want golden lined halls and then continue to share textbooks and feed our children corndogs.

Solo I think everyone else just says oh well and pays it. It will get worse because they have showed their track record for spending and letting buildings rot.

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Torch 4 years ago

But...it's for the kids!!!!

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