2017-07-15 / News

Austin School Board passes budget

Austin Area School Board passed a 2017- 18 budget in the nick of time.

After falling to attract a quorum at two previous meetings, board members gathered on June 28 and approved a $5.04 million spending plan. Revenue forecasts are about $494,000 less than needed to cover budgeted expenses.

Real estate taxes will rise from the current 46 mills to 47.42 mills, generating an additional $39,000 in revenue. A mill is one-tenth of one percent levied against a property’s assessed value.

Also included in the budget is a one-percent salary increase for teachers and a 2.5-percent raise for support staff for the 2017-18 school year.

Overall, expenses have been trimmed heading into the new year, including an anticipated $70,000 in savings due to faculty members agreeing to absorb responsibilities of an unfilled position, which required dual English/Spanish teaching experience.

The district also put off a $1 million roof replacement that had been under consideration, and instead will do patchwork and other temporary repairs.

Rising costs for pensions, health insurance, and special education have stressed the district’s finances.

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