Hearing on Elcho budget Wednesday|
Voters in the Elcho school district will begin paying the tab for a successful spending referendum approved last April.
On Wednesday, the district will hold its annual budget hearing and meeting, and the levy is expected to increase 10.72 percent.
The session will begin at 6 p.m. in the school theater.
The increase is due to the successful referendum passage, which allows the district to increase spending by $400,000 annually above state-imposed revenue limits to maintain existing programs without depleting the fund balance.
Even with the increase, Elcho will still operate will a very low tax rate in comparison to area schools. The rate is expected to reach $6.10 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, up 61 cents.
That means that the owner of a $100,000 home can expect to pay $610 to cover school operations for the 2013-14 school year, an increase of $61.
School taxes make up only a portion of the overall bill. Levies for the county, municipality, technical college and state must all be added before the total is determined.
In comparison, the Antigo school district is preparing to approve a levy that will require a tax rate of $8.54. At White Lake, which will adopt the budget and levy tonight, the rate is anticipated to reach $11.48 per $1,000.
At Elcho, the total levy is figured at $4,524,218, used to cover a total budget of just under $6 million, a 4 percent increase.
In addition to the budget review, the annual meeting agenda includes a mix of other business that must be decided by voters. Those areas include:
—setting the annual salaries of board members, and authorizing the payment of their expenses.
—allowing the district to pay for any legal proceedings in which it may become involved.
—authorizing the board to furnish student textbooks, school lunch and breakfast, and purchase or sell real estate and old or surplus property.
—and allow the district to borrow when necessary for school operations.
The district’s five-member board of education will convene for its regular monthly session beginning at 5 p.m. in the school theater, adjourn for the annual voters’ meeting and then reassemble afterwards to adopt the budget and tax levy and assign the fund balance.
Other monthly meeting topics will include accepting the resignations of the junior varsity girls’ basketball coach; junior high wrestling coach; and junior high girls’ basketball coach. Extra-curricular contracts will be approved for the head boys’ basketball coach and girls’ assistant basketball coach.
The board will also act on a variety of policies dealing with board elections, governance and vacancies and may be ready to purchase a digital message sign for the front yard.
The board will also review a base wage agreement with the Elcho Teachers Association, a simplified process in the age of the state’s Act 10 provisions that limit teacher bargaining powers, and adjust the salary schedule.
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