The South Butler School Board has approved a budget for the 2017-18 school year that does not include a tax increase.
By a final vote of 6-1 during a meeting Wednesday, the board approved the general fund budget of $37.2 million in expenses. This figure assumes state funding levels from a state budget that has not yet been approved. South Butler’s millage rate will remain at 94.275 mills.
South Butler’s Capital Projects Fund Budget for next year is just over $656,000 and includes a large cooling tower and condenser project. Additionally South Butler plans to do some asphalt replacement on playgrounds at the Primary School, paving and concrete repair at the Intermediate School, hallway painting at the Middle School, and installing a cafeteria serving line at the High School.
South Butler raised their tax rate by one mill in 2016-17 and expects to use $1.6 million from their general fund to finish the current year. This would leave the district’s fund balance at a projected $6.2 million to begin the new school year in July. There are no plans to eliminate any educational programs, however two of seven retiring positions will not be replaced in 2017-18.
Written By: Ryan Saeler for the Butler Radio Network