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Mohon adopts $44M budget

Spending plan calls for 2.3 percent tax levy increase within tax cap

— Other enrollment and section projections for next school year include first grade with 184 students in eight sections of 23, second grade with 167 students in seven sections of 23.9, third grade with 193 students in eight sections of 24.1, fourth grade with 212 students in eight sections of 26.5, fifth grade with 199 students in eight sections of 24.9 and sixth grade with 210 students in eight sections of 26.5.

District officials said class sizes in grades 7-12 vary depending on class and subject area.

Revenues are estimated to increase around $1.18 million in the budget. Outside of the nearly $18 million in state aid, the property tax levy would total nearly $23 million and increase about $510,000. Fund balance appropriation is increasing by $250,000 to total $1.25 million. Also, reserve appropriation is remaining steady at $800,000.

District residents will vote on the proposed budget on Tuesday, May 15, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school. There will be a budget hearing and a Meet the Candidates Night on Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

If the budget fails to pass, the district can choose to resubmit the original budget or submit a revised budget for voters on Tuesday, June 19. It also could choose to adopt a contingency budget holding a zero percent tax levy increase, which if the budget failed to pass a second time the district would be required to adopt.

Residents will also vote on a bus purchase proposition for the purchase of two full-size, 66-passenger busses and one 24-passenger, wheelchair accessible bus. The proposition doesn’t have any impact on the 2012-13 budget and debt and bond payments will start in the 2013-14 school year.

The estimated budget impact over the five-year bond for the buses is estimated to cost the district $15,312 per year. The total proposition limit is $290,000, with the state planned to cover around 74 percent of the cost.

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