Hays USD 489 will not raise tax rates in its proposed fiscal year 2019 budget —in fact, the overall mill levy will decrease slightly — but expenditures are expected to rise by more than $2,000 per student.
The USD 489 school board reviewed the budget for the 2018-19 school year at Monday night’s regular meeting and set a public hearing on the budget for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, the board’s next meeting night, at the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W.12th.
The budget documents are available for public review at the Rockwell Center or www.usd489.com. The hearing is intended for the public to bring questions or objections to the budget before the board.
The district’s total expenditures for the 2018-19 school year are proposed at $56.9 million, an increase of $6.6 million over the 2017-18 final expenditures.
Breaking it down, the district will spend $16,162 per pupil based on a full time equivalency enrollment of 3,105.5. That’s an increase of $2,275 per pupil from 2017-18 with an FTE of 3,036.
The general fund tax rate is estimated to remain at 20 mills, while the supplemental general fund — the Local Option Budget —will drop from 14.920 to 14.799 mills, which would result in about $1.3 million less in LOB taxes levied.
General fund expenditures are proposed at $18.9 million, an increase of just over $815,000. Expenditures from the supplemental general fund are proposed at just over $6 million, an increase of $37,000.
The district has continued to pay down its debt to just over $1.3 million, down nearly $1 million from last year.
Overall, the district’s mill levy, including the Hays Recreation Commission mill levy of 4.391, will decrease by 0.517 mill.
The district projects revenue of $14,340 per pupil, or a total of $43.2 million.
State funding is the largest source at $23.5 million, an increase of $2.1 million. Federal revenue will provide $4.6 million, an increase of $156,000. Local revenues will decrease by $1.3 million to $15 million.
Among the largest increases in expenditures will be capital improvements, at a 197 percent increase and operations and maintenance at an 81 percent increase. Those areas make up only 2 percent and 13 percent of the total budget, respectively.
Student support services and instructional support services will see increases in expenditures of 21 and 22 percent, respectively. Together those functions make up only 4 percent of the budget.
The largest area of expenditures is in instruction, at 64 percent. Expenditures in that area are proposed to increase by only 6 percent.