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People who missed the first chance to comment on and ask questions about the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s proposed budget for 2014 will have another opportunity Sept. 9.
Vaughn Sylva, the district’s assistant superintendent of financial services, presented school board members with a general overview of the proposals during a Monday public meeting.
He said school officials would distribute information packets to board members Friday so they can review them in time for the Sept. 9 public hearing and a final chance for comment, questions and adoption Sept. 23.
Sylva said the school district is required to hold only one public hearing but holds two because of the need it sees for transparency and to consider all viewpoints from the school board and public.
The school corporation is advertising its 2014 tax rate at $1.25 per $100 of a home’s assessed value, which is about
40 cents higher than what Sylva predicts the rate will settle in at.
Sylva said he advertises rates artificially high every year because of a state law that allows districts to reduce advertised budgets but not to increase them. He predicted residents would continue to pay between 89 and 90 cents per $100 of assessed value as they do today, which would cost a taxpayer with a $100,000 home $890 to $900.
Roughly $69 million in general fund revenues are being predicted for 2014. The proposed budget reserves some of that money to hire:
All district employees have received a 1 percent raise this school year and will receive a raise in the 2014-15 school year if they perform well on evaluations. Teachers judged as highly effective or effective will receive raises; teachers judged as ineffective or needing
improvement will not receive merit raises.
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