|07-16-03: St. Henry board wants operating funds
|By JANIE SOUTHARD
The Daily Standard
ST. HENRY - School district residents likely will see an operating levy
on the ballot in November as board of education members continued to discuss millage
amounts at Tuesday's regular board meeting.
No decision was reached on the millage amount, but board members did
discuss increasing the millage to cover a forecasted budget deficit and possible state
The 8.8-mill operating levy approved by voters five years ago generates
$490,000 per year and expires in December. With the increase of property values in the
district, the millage of that levy has dropped to 7.1 mills this year to bring in the same
amount of money.
Members considered new millage rates from 8.81 up to 10.67, which would
generate $660,00 to $800,000 respectively.
Although the five-year forecast projects a deficit balance of $724,920
by fiscal year 2007, district Treasurer Glenn Miller said the later years of the forecast
are based on many financial assumptions that likely will change.
However, fiscal year 2003's deficit spending of $167,499 is projected
to escalate to a $608,915 deficit by the end of fiscal year 2004. Extending the trend
further, fiscal year 2007 shows deficit spending of $1,227,468.
"Although we currently have $1.5 million in the coffers, deficits
cannot go on or we'll eat away at that cash. We have to do all we can to turn this
around," Miller said.
More than 70 percent of the district's funding comes from the state,
and Miller said trying to accurately predict whether the state will or will not make cuts
to schools is just not possible.
St. Henry school district's total millage rate is the lowest in Mercer
County at 33.55 and also involves no income tax levy, school officials noted. The new
property valuation shows each mill worth $74,957, with the district's total property
valuation at $74,957,130.
Deadline to put an issue on the November ballot is Aug. 21.
Board members decided to address the issue again at the August meeting
and consider additional information to be provided by Miller and invited guest Mercer
County Auditor Mark Giesige.
Fees for driver education classes will increase to $200 per student, up
from $150. More than 100 students are signed up for driver education program next school
"The program will offer eight hours of driving and 24 classroom
hours," Superintendent Rod Moorman told board members, adding information for parents
will be in the next school newsletter.
In his report to the board, Moorman noted cafeteria receipts for 2003
were up 21 percent over 2000's receipts. But, expenses also are up 25 percent over the
"More kids are eating in the cafeteria and last year our profit
was up 3 percent over 2000," Moorman said.
Lunch prices for next school year will be the same as last year and
additional items, such as yogurt and ice cream sundaes, will be available, which Moorman
expects to increase profits more.
In the Celebrate Success portion of the meeting, student athletes with
the boys state baseball championship team and the girls softball state runner-up team were
honored with board recognition and received St. Henry pins.
"These athletes did a fantastic, exceptional job. I hope we can do
it all again next year," Moorman said.
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