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Evansville school budget proposes a 1.1% levy increase

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GINA R. HEINE
August 27, 2009
— Property owners in the Evansville Community School District could see a 1.1 percent tax levy increase based on the proposed budget to be presented at Monday’s annual meeting.

Other area districts are proposing up to 20 percent levy increases to deal with cuts in state aid.


“We are extremely fortunate in the Evansville Community School District,” said Michael Pierick, school board president. “At a time when many districts in the state are slashing budgets and positions and increasing classes and fees, we have mostly managed to maintain our budgets, fill vacant positions and keep small class sizes and reasonable fees.”


The proposed total budget would increase 5.2 percent, while the tax rate would increase 2.3 percent.


The state’s estimated aid gives Evansville a 3.68 percent increase. That ranks third highest in the area, behind Beloit Turner and Genoa City.


Most area districts expect drops in state aid, and several face cuts of up to a 15 percent.


“The state formula recognizes the fact that our district and others at the top of the list have relatively low property values,” Pierick said. “Certainly, the fact that our enrollment has continued to gradually rise over the last five to seven years has also benefited the district because of the way the state formula works.”


The number of families leaving the district because of auto industry layoffs is unknown, he said, but officials hope for a slight enrollment increase on the official count on the third Friday of the school year.


EVANSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET

A look at the proposed 2009-2010 budget for the Evansville School District:


What’s next?: The school district will have its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the media room of the high school, 640 S. 5th St.


Total budget


2009-2010 $23,900,647


2008-2009 $22,715,002


Increase 5.2%


Tax levy


2009-2010 $7,174,640


2008-2009 $7,096,094


Increase 1.1%


Tax rate


(Per $1,000


of assessed valuation)


2009-2010 $10.48


2008-2009 $10.24


Increase 2.3%


Note: Percent changes calculated on whole numbers.



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