School Board adopts $18 million budget

The Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education unanimously approved an $18,110,377 budget following a budget hearing at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, at the district office in Sabetha.

To start the meeting, the board opened the 2019-20 Budget Hearing.

Superintendent Todd Evans presented information to the school board regarding the 2019-20 proposed budget.

The total budget is $18,110,377 — up from the 2018-19 budget. Less transfers of $3,025,792, the district is planning on net expenditures of $15,084,585.

The district will be receiving $4,436 per student for the general fund budget of $7,906,726, and will be levying mills to account for 33 percent of the general fund for the supplemental general fund budget of $2,760,109. The district has budgeted for capital outlay expenses of $1,167,596, but this is a padded figure and much less than the district intends to spend this year, Evans said.

Mill levies are down throughout the district this year, Evans said.

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

The base levy includes 20 mills for the general fund, 16.061 mills for the supplemental general fund and 4.3 mills for the capital outlay fund.

The bond and interest mill levy within the boundaries of the former USD No. 441 district is 5.901, making the total proposed mill levy in that portion of the district 46.262. This mill levy is down 1.298 mills, from last year’s levy of 47.56. Property taxes to be levied are $5,578,353 within the former USD No. 441 boundaries — up $178,987 from last year.

The bond and interest mill levy within the boundaries of the former USD No. 488 is 0, as that bond has now been paid. The total proposed mill levy in that portion of the district is 40.361. This mill levy is down 5.839 mills, from last year’s levy of 46.2. Property taxes to be levied within the former USD No. 488 boundaries are 5,091,098 — down $21,737 from last year.

Valuation in the district is expected to increase about 5 percent within the district’s boundaries, which includes portions of four counties — Nemaha, Brown, Jackson and Marshall counties.

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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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