HG budget with levy, rate increase approved

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.The School Board approved the 2017- 2018 district budget with an all fund expenditure of $12,690,573 at the annual board meeting Monday, Sept. 18.

The total property tax levy for the 2017-18 school year is $4,465,830, a 4.0 percent increase.

The property tax rate is $9.50 per thousand, which is an increase of $0.56 or 5.8 percent. If equalized property values increase, this would mean a lower mill rate. The total general fund expenditure will be $10,132,077 with state aid of $4,716,720 - a decrease of 2.95 percent from last year.

The base revenue per member is $9,853.16 with an increase of $200 per pupil.

The membership average for three years is 839 students while the count in the third week in September will be about 825 students. The school will use a declining enrollment exemption of $78,825, plus prior year open enrollment of $23,432 and private school voucher of $24,000 toward the revenue cap limit.

This would project as a revenue cap of $8,393,058 including exemptions, which is an increase of $15,942 or .001 percent increase.

School taxes paid on a $100,000 home would be $950.00.

The fund balance designation was approved for $285,000. Money will be designated for curriculum ($25,000), Fund 46 ($50,000), facilities (150,000), technology ($50,000) and career and tech ed.($10,000).

New business included the approval of nine resolutions: fixing salaries of the School Board members, authorizing a hot lunch program, authorizing audit of books and related financial affairs of the district, authorizing bus service for the children, authorizing the board to borrow money in the form of short-term loans, designating a public depository and authorizing withdrawal of school district monies, fixing the number of days school shall be held during the school term at not less than 180 days, authorizing the board to sell personal property no longer needed by the school district and authorizing the board to set the date of the annual meeting.

During the regular board meet- ing, board member Kari Bramstedt was appointed delegate for the WASB Convention to be held in Milwaukee next January. Nate Dehne was appointed as alternate.

The board members approved the 2017 state and local youth risk behavior survey.

The school district has hired Dawn Laboy as full-time business manager. Laboy has been a co-op for the high school the last three years and board members said they were glad to have her on a full-time contract.

The updates to the support staff and professional staff employee handbooks were approved.

Superintendent Chris Peterson gave an update on the new auditorium. The footings are being finished up with the walls expected to be put up Monday, Sept. 25.

Board president Kim Plass thanked an anonymous donor and James and Barb Scheiber for donations to the boys soccer program.

Several members of St. John’s UCC donated their time to help with various maintenance projects in the school district.


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