By TIM HORAN
By using “rainy day money”, the mil levy for the Abilene USD 435 2013-2014 school year will go down a little.
At least that is the budget the board approved to be published.
The proposed $9,429,895 budget is expected to be funded with a 45.703 mil levy on property taxes, the state allotment of $3,838 per the 14,090 students and $400,000 from the district’s savings account.
Board member Gregg Noel said that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is getting his way by cutting taxes.
“The state wants us to take savings and money from savings,” Noel said, calling the money “rainy day money.” “Who knows down the road where we’ll be?”
“It’s scary to pull money out of the savings account but that is where we are right now,” said Abilene Superintendent Denise Guy in presenting the budget to the board in a hearing at noon Monday.
The levy actually dropped .009 mils from last year’s budget which was 45.712.
“We are maintaining our commitment to education,” said board member Debby Barbur.
Abilene’s 2013-2014 enrollment is also an estimate with some consideration that the district could lose enrollment as ALCO moves its office operations to Dallas, Guy said.
Abilene can levy up to 8 mils for capital outlay but only levies 3.5.
However, the district is working with a committee to fund improvements to facilities.
Two retirements were announced at the special meeting: Lyndsey Allen, ABC After School Program and Laurie Ward, McKinley lunch/library aide.
Three employments were announced: Angela Miller, McKinley reading paraprofessional, Jennifer Dockins, McKinley math aide and Kim Palenske, McKinley lunch Acuscan operator/office secretary/library aide.