By Nancy Whitney
Although school is out, the school board is certainly in session.
Next week, Wylie ISD trustees are expected to adopt the district’s 2015-’16 budget. Interested parties can review the budget prior to the meeting and will also have the opportunity to voice their opinion at the June 15 WISD trustees meeting.
Higher property tax valuations are attributing to a higher proposed budget for Wylie ISD in 2015-’16 by about $4.5 million over last years.
The school board will conduct a public hearing on June 15, at that time trustees will consider adopting the budget.
Proposed property tax revenues will provide $47.59 million, state aid is estimated at $57.06 million and federal revenues tally $651,005.
Estimated revenue in the general fund for FY 2015-‘16 totals $111,557,013, versus 2014-‘15 revenue of $106,993,088. Proposed property tax revenues will provide $47.59 million, state aid is estimated at $57.06 million and federal revenues tally $651,005.
Property tax revenue is based on an estimated valuation increase of seven percent.
“It is important to be conservative when we decide what to base our budgeted property values at,” Trongaard said. “We look at the high and low and try to set it somewhere in the middle.”
Expenditures in the General Fund for 2015-’16 will total $111,557,013, versus 2014-’15 expenditures of $106,993,088. This amount is divided into seven sections, payroll, $89,790,171; Teacher Retirement System, $4,928,180; contracted services, $7,271,581; supplies and materials, $6,226,944; miscellaneous operating expenses, $2,490,914; debt service, $410,723 and capital outlay, $438,500.
Payroll expenses are proposed to rise approximately $5 million for the 2015-’16 school year over the 2014-’15 salaries. This years base salary, for teachers with zero year’s experience, is $49,598. Teachers with 38 years plus are offered $65,899.
Meal prices at elementary and intermediate schools are proposed to change from $2.30 to $2.40, while meal prices at junior high and high school levels will remain stable at $2.50 and $2.75.
Original General Fund budgeted revenues for 2014-’15 were $106,993,088, estimated actual revenues are $112,698,421. Original general Fund budgeted expenses were $106,993,088, estimated actual expenses are $107,047,828.
Final property values will be certified in July and the final tax rate should be adopted on Aug. 17.
School board meetings are held at the Education Service Center, 951 South Ballard Avenue. Executive meeting begins at 6 p.m. followed by open session at 7 p.m. Those interested in speaking must sign in prior to the meeting.
A copy of the 2015-’16 budget is available online at http://www.wylieisd.net/Page/1524.