Basehor-Linwood school board approves budget with half-mill increase
The Basehor-Linwood school district's 2011-12 budget, approved Monday night, will result in a half-mill increase in the mill levy for district residents.
The school board approved the budget, 7-0, Monday after a budget hearing during which no residents spoke.
The budget brings the district’s mill levy to 61.512 mills, up from 61.012 mills for 2010-11.
A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed property valuation.
The bulk of the increase, about 0.35 mills, will go toward capital outlay. The reason for that increase, Howard said after Monday's meeting, is the district's decision to end a computer equipment lease with Apple Inc. in favor of purchasing Apple equipment as needed. That decision required a boost in revenue for the coming year, he said.
“We can generate some revenue to help us basically pay as we go,” Howard said.
The district’s total property valuation also decreased from the year before, Howard said, requiring a higher mill levy to collect the same amount of property tax revenue. A higher-than-expected property tax delinquency rate this year also forced a slight increase.
The budget allows for general-fund expenditures of about $12.14 million, a decrease of more than $200,000 from the expenditures made in 2010-2011. Howard said during the budget hearing Monday that decreases in state education funding would have forced larger reductions in spending if it weren't for extra funding the district has received because of its new facilities constructed after a bond issue passed in 2007.
“Even though it looks like we haven’t lost that much,” Howard said, “I would tell you that it’s much more drastic than that, and it would look a lot more different had we not passed the bond issue.”
The state provides additional funding, called “new facilities weighting,” to districts with newly constructed buildings, to help pay for utility and insurance costs.