School district budget looks to jump 7.497 mills
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.