PITTSBURG — USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown presented the 2016-2017 budget overview at Monday’s board meeting.
Brown explained the financial difference for the school district since transitioning to the per pupil formula.
“The legislature wanted something they can say ‘we know how much it’s going to be,’” Brown said, as he described the difference between the block grant and per pupil formula.
Brown said general funding is collected from the state through property taxes which comes back to local districts in the form of aid.
Brown’s powerpoint showed the difference in base state aid per pupil between the years 2007 to 2015, the block grant period between 2015 and 2017 and the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
During the block grant period the district received around same amount of money as they did the previous school year at $3,852 “per pupil” based off the previous year’s enrollment. The school district will receive $4,006 per pupil this school year.
The Supplemental General Budget, also known as the Local Option Budget is funded by local taxes and state aid. Brown said 41 percent of the LOB is from local taxes and 59 percent is from state aid.
Brown said the district is only allowed 33 percent of its general fund to be based on state formula — he said the district is at 30 percent, three percent below the budget.
Brown said the general fund pays for almost all expenditures the district needs to make.
“It pays everything, that’s the easiest way to say it — salaries, utilities, equipment, maintenance,” he said.
LOB expenditures include salaries, district technology, textbook and curriculum, athletics and activities.
In 2016-2017 school year the district received $18,619,640, from the general fund and $6,364,720 in LOB.
This year, 2017-2018 the district will receive $20,539,371 from the general fund and $6,729,529 in LOB totalling a $1,987,573 difference from the previous school year.
The Mill Levy came out to 49.8 mills — just under the one mill increase Brown said the district wouldn’t go over — 1 mill is equal to $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.
“We promised voters we would not raise one mill,” Brown said.
Brown said the law states that the state aid for LOB is to be the same as last year — because of an oversight by the legislature in the change from block grant to per-pupil funding.
Brown said the contingency reserve will be used to keep the mill rate at the promised levels and USD 250 is not the only district which had to do the same.
“Overall I think it is good news,” Brown said to the board. “Good additional money for things — we haven't had that for around 10 years.”
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