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W-P Schools tax levy increases in response to lowered state aid PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:12

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta-Palisade school board approved a $5.3 million dollar budget Monday, Sept. 17 at a noon hearing at the school.

After approving funds to cover mileage for FFA sponsor Dan Andrews and three students to attend National FFA Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., the board moved on to bigger financial issues.

Superintendent Randy Geier opened discussions saying that he is concerned about raising the levy again, but looking at the decline in state aid and with costs going up there are few options. Geier said that smaller schools in the western part of the state are having a hard time getting state aid.

The Wauneta-Palisade school has watched its state aid decrease steadily since 2008-2009. This year’s total was a sharp decrease from $173,000 to $30,000.

In response, the tax levy has been increased to 1.011234 for 2012-2013. The total for the general and building funds for this year is $2,839,000.

After a 2011-2012 budget of $5.088 million, this year’s budget looks much more like 2010-2011’s $5.399 million total.

The board wrapped up the meeting by approving to lock in a propane contract with Crossroads and use a combination of Crossroads and Wauneta Co-op Oil to cover its highway fuel needs. The school will pay pump prices. Heating oil will also be provided by Crossroads.

The next school board meeting will be Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. MT/8:00 CT.