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Turner School District budget approved

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Gazette Staff
October 30, 2007

A look at the 2007-08 budget for the Beloit Turner School District. The budget was approved Monday night.


Highlights:


-- The big question in the district budget planning process has been “Will Turner go to referendum this spring?” The district needs to find money for some mechanical upgrades, whether or not it goes to referendum.


-- An unsettled teachers contract leaves planners with more questions. The district and the teachers are in round three of contract negotiations. The district made an offer last week, but teachers’ union spokeswoman Shelly Crull-Henke was unwilling to talk to The Janesville Gazette about it until the union’s membership had time to see it.


She did say the offer involved retirement benefits, a major sticking point of negotiations.


Retirees in the district currently get a $6,500 stipend for four years. On Aug. 21, the board offered to increase the stipend to $7,500, but union negotiators refused to take the offer back to membership.


In September, the board shot down the teachers’ proposal, which included a 3.25 percent salary increase per cell. A cell is a measure determined by a teacher’s length of service and education level. Teachers also suggested “creative” options for paying for retirement benefits depending on a retiree’s length of service.


Total budget


Next year: $13.01 million


This year: $12.39 million


Percent increase: 5.00%


Tax levy


Next year: $4.23 million


This year: $4.02 million


Percent increase: 5.22%


Tax rate


(Per $1,000 of equalized valuation)


Next year: $9.12


This year: $9.30


Percent decrease: 1.94%


Note: Percent changes calculated on whole numbers.



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