Washington schools budget approvedTax rate is 14 cents less than last year
BRIGHTON—The Washington School Board approved the school district’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Wednesday evening.
The tax levy rate that was passed was $14.05 per $1,000 valuation of property value in the Washington Community School District (WCSD).
Jeff Dielemen, WCSD’s business manager, said due to the state’s deadline for submitting a budget, the recently passed bond wasn’t included in the budget.
“You will see a budget amendment later in the year with the 40 cents,” Dieleman said.
“With that amendment it will be $14.45 [per $1,000 property valuation],” said WCSD Superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen. “This is still 14 cents less than last year.”
School board President Eric Turner asked Jorgensen if this was the fifth year the property tax levy has decreased. Jorgensen said yes.
Other items approved at the school board meeting included:
• the school start date waiver request resolution for its submission to the Iowa Board of Education;
• raising the fees for hot lunch from $2.45 to $2.70 a day per student and milk prices from 30 cents to 40 cents a day;
• raising breakfast fees from $1.20 to $1.35 per student;
• a 28E agreement with Kirkwood Community College for the concurrent enrollment partnership;
• committing to pay the City of Washington $14,250 annually over the next eight years for road construction by the high school;
• approved grant application requests to be submitted to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation;
• and approved the amended school board policies. Some of the topics amended were broadcasting or videotaping in a school, transporting students in a private vehicle, and the wellness policy. Dieleman said by law the school board is required to review their policies every five years. This year the board members decided to work on the section with the No. 9.
The next school board meeting will be held 7 p.m. on May 14 at Stewart Elementary School.