Prairie Hills USD No. 113: Board approves $16.9 million budget

The Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education met at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in special session. Board members present were Ed Reznicek, Kathy Lippert, Kent Saylor, Jim Scoby, Leslie Scoby, Ann Shaughnessy and Jeff DeMint.

The board opened their Budget Hearing at 6 p.m.

No members of the public were present; therefore, there was no public comment.

Superintendent Todd Evans explained the Code 99, which was published in The Sabetha Herald on Aug. 8.

The proposed budget is $16,906,194. This is up slightly from the proposed 2017-18 budget of $16,762,108. Total actual expenditures for 2017-18 were $16,353,643, which did include $2,564,487 in transfers forward in certain funds such as at-risk, food service and capital outlay, among others.

Property taxes to be levied are $5,628,261. This is up from the proposed 2017-18 figure of $5,195,177, and the actual taxes levied for 2017-18 were $5,181,158.

Due to the consolidation, the mill levy is dependent on location, as each former portion of the consolidated district pays its own previous bond and interest mill levy.

The base levy includes 20 mills for the general fund, 16.776 mills for the supplemental general fund and 4.2 mills for the capital outlay fund.

The bond and interest mill levy within the boundaries of the former USD No. 488 is 5.228, making the total proposed mill levy in that portion of the district 46.204. This is down from the 2017-18 actual mill levy of 48.607, and is the lowest mill in the past nine years for this part of the district. This bond is set to be paid off in September 2019, Evans told board members.

The bond and interest mill levy within the boundaries of the former USD No 441 is 6.584, making the total proposed mill levy in that portion of the district 47.56. This is down from the 2017-18 actual mill levy of 48.058, and is the second lowest mill in the past nine years for this part of the district.

Valuation in the district is expected to increase about $12 million within the district’s boundaries, which includes portions of four counties — Nemaha, Brown, Jackson and Marshall counties.

After the Budget Hearing had been open an hour, the hearing was closed.

Board member J. Scoby said he would like to see the district to be as efficient as possible.

“The fact that we are continuing to ask more and more of our patrons in terms of total tax economy, I hate to see that,” J. Scoby said. “Especially with the current farm economy that we get the majority of our income from.”

While J. Scoby said he knows there is not a lot that can be done to hold it down, he does believe the district can be more efficient.

“That being said, I do want to commend the current administrator for doing a very good job,” J. Scoby said.

The board approved the budget 6-1, with J. Scoby opposed.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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