Our expenditures such as utilities increased by 5 percent, 7 percent, health insurance by 9 percent,” Rossing said. “The district has worked very hard [to balance the budget]. We had to cut $811,000 out of the budget to get to the balanced budget tonight.”I would add that the $811K cut in services is on top of a $1.1M reduction in staff compensation.
Last year, the district cut $929,531 from the budget. “It’s definitely changing the way we’re educating our students,” Rossing said.
On a related note Jerrud reported last night that our September count of district resident students has decreased by 36 over last year. This will negatively impact funding over the next few years.
I agree with Mike Mikalsen's point about the decision process at these meetings. With the small number of residents present voting on the levy and property dispositions, it is not particularly democratic and may not reflect the wishes of the district as a whole. But whether we use a special meeting or the annual meeting the same process is the one dictated by the state law. This needs to be fixed.
The article does misstate the number on the tax levy, the $126 figure given is the reduction in property taxes on a $200K home compared to last year's taxes. The estimated levy for that home would be $2462.