Hannibal school budget vote May 20

By Debra J. Groom

Residents of the Hannibal school district will go the polls May 20 to vote on a $30,092,500 budget for the 2014-15 school year.

This proposed budget is up 4.4 percent ($1,268,300)  from the current year’s spending plan of $28,824,200.

The amount to be raised by taxes — the tax levy — is up 0.75 of a percent or $48,623. Nearly 80 percent of the total budget is state aid.

If this budget passes, a person with an average home assessed at $75,000 will pay about $8.11 more in 2014-15 than he or she did this year. 

Exact tax rates won’t be known until August when equalization rates for the district’s various towns are set, but on average the tax rate will go up about 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

Superintendent Donna Fountain said the budget allows the district to maintain all of its programs, educational courses and extracurricular activities. It also provides for proper maintenance of all buildings and facilities, bus transportation for students and salary, benefits and retirement costs for employees.

A total of 63 percent of the proposed budget ($18,958,275) is for programming and instruction. A total of 13 percent ($3,912,025) is for support services such as employee benefits, BOCES costs, in-service training and curriculum development. 

A total of 24 percent of the budget ($7,222,200) is for capital costs, such as operation and maintenance of facilities and debt service.

In addition to the budget, voters also will decide on a proposition to buy three school buses at a cost not to exceed $361,155 and will elect two members to the board of education.

Incumbent Dale Young and newcomer Jack Pope are running unopposed for three-year terms on the board. 

Budget public hearing — 6:30 p.m. Monday May 12 in the board of education room, Hannibal High School

Vote — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday May 20, board of education room, Hannibal High School

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