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2012-13 Budget Approved

August 20, 2012

 The Nemaha Central Board of Education held the 2012-13 budget hearing immediately prior to the regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 13, 2012. The general fund maximum budget authority was approved at $5,198,472. The local mill levy for the general fund is set by the State at 20 mills. District savings resulting from the reduction in staff and district operated transportation services will be used to build the carryover in other funds as the district plans to come off the frozen budget at the end of the four year guarantee period in 2015-16. 

The Supplemental General Fund also known as the Local Option Budget was increased by $145,580. Left to individual district discretion, Nemaha Central uses the Supplemental General Fund for non-salary items such as property insurance, technology and equipment for classrooms.  The increase in the Supplemental General Fund will be funded by a 2.3 mill increase, from 9.6 to 11.92. To a taxpayer that owns a home with an assessed valuation of $125,000, this means an annual increase of $33.35 in their tax bill.

In looking at the Supplemental General Fund mill levy history for the two districts, in 2009-10 and 2010-11 the USD 451 mill levies were 13.81 and 10.99, respectively. In USD 442, the 2009-10 mill levy was 12.95 and the 2010-11 mill levy was 15.57. The 2010-11 mill levy in USD 442 was increased to equal 25% of the general fund to take advantage of a new facilities weighting. This new facilities weighting is part of the frozen budget for the newly consolidated district.

The third fund that is funded through local tax revenue is the Bond & Interest fund. The Bond & Interest funds pay the bonds for the new elementary and middle school building and the mill levy applies to former USD 442 Nemaha Valley patrons. This mill levy will stay level with last year, at 7.05.

The mill levy total for the general fund and supplemental general fund is 31.92, one of the lowest in all Kansas school districts. With the Bond & Interest mill levy included, the total mill levy is under 40 mills, the lowest in area school districts.

The budget was approved unanimously by the board and will be submitted to the county and state authorities before August 25.

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