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Basehor school board set to unveil budget at public hearing

July 29, 2004

The proposed 2004-2005 Basehor-Linwood School District budget is all set to be presented at a public hearing Aug. 9.

On Tuesday, members of the school board along with Jay Langley, a certified public accountant who works with the district, went over the budget for about 40 minutes before approving publication of the hearing, which will take place during the board's regular August meeting.

"It is a pretty conservative budget," Superintendent Jill Hackett said. "It was prepared with a conservative eye."

Hackett said prudent spending during the last school year has allowed the district to slightly reduce the mill levy for patrons of the district. Last year, the mill levy was 45.282 mills and this year's proposed budget calls for a levy of 45.063 mills.

"We intended to be prudent and careful with how we use the taxpayers money," the superintendent said.

Overall, the budget calls for $16,371,152 in total expenditures from all funds, including debt services and capital improvements, compared to $14,719,385 during the 2003-2004 school year. All told, 43 percent of the total expenditures will be directed toward instruction and 18 percent will be earmarked for operations and maintenance.

The district's revenues will come from four main sources. The largest slice of the pie, 61 percent, will come from state aid, 27 percent will be generated from local taxes and fees and 11 percent is from the beginning balance. An additional one percent of the revenue will come from the federal level.

Members of the board were able to adjourn the meeting earlier than they expected because they said the information, which was presented in a PowerPoint show and through a series of graphs by bookkeeper Pam Chenoweth, was easy to digest and comprehend.

"Preparing a budget is not an easy task," Langley said. "I think (Chenoweth) did an excellent job."

Langley, who is responsible for preparing the final budget audit report, said he agreed with the budget's theme.

"I think it is another year to be conservative and protect balances," he said.

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