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SCHOOL TAX PLAN HURTS LAWRENCE

February 1, 1990

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— Gov. Mike Hayden's school finance plan for 1990-91 would result in a reduction of $1.59 million in state aid for Lawrence public schools and would cause the local property-tax mill levy to go up by 12.09 mills, a Department of Education computer run shows.

Ken Fisher, assistant superintendent of business and facilities for Lawrence public schools, said he wanted to verify the figures before commenting on them.

"Right now, they're just over there coming up with ideas out of the sky," Fisher said. "Until we receive a printout of the study, we don't have any comment."

Fisher said he expected school administrators would receive a printout of the figures this week.

THE PLAN also would cause property taxes to increase $39.7 million statewide if all districts raised their budgets the maximum allowed, the run shows.

Hayden has proposed a $23.8 million overall increase in state general fund money to the state's 304 local school districts, but only a $2 million increase in general state aid. Most of the increase, $18.5 million, is in the amount of income tax revenue that the state shares with school districts.

The governor also proposed letting school districts that are above the median in per-pupil expenditures for elementary and secondary education raise their budgets by 1 percent next year and those below the median by 2 percent.

Hayden's proposal keeps the percentage of state support of public education approximately the same as it was this year, slightly below 45 percent of the total cost. The rest comes mostly from property tax revenue.

HERE ARE the effects of the governor's plan on state aid and mill levies on selected school districts:

Iola, state aid goes up $200,260, property tax mill levy goes down 1.93 mills; Atchison up $257,587, down 2.39 mills; Great Bend up $13,294, up 2.53 mills; Fort Scott down $81,671, up 6.83 mills; El Dorado down $311,231, up 10.53 mills; Abilene up $175,220, down .93 of 1 mill.

Lawrence down $1.59 million, up 12.09 mills; Hays up $270,252, up 4.34 mills; Garden City up $379,629, up 4.26 mills; Dodge City down $179,652, up 4.83 mills; Shawnee Mission up $3.64 millin, down 3.14 mills; McPherson down $26,738, up 4.17 mills; Paola up $235,234, up .2 of 1 mill.

BELOIT UP $93,266, down 1.23 mills; Coffeyville down $135,969, up 5.06 mills; Independence up $99,569, up 1.04 mills; Chanute up $37,272, up .75 of 1 mill; Norton up $54,383, up 1.06 mills; Pratt up $109,746, down .78 of 1 mill; Hutchinson down $198,035, up 2.70 mills; Lyons up $111,356, up 3.01 mills; Manhattan up $183,804, up 5.10 mills.

Russell up $292,723, down 2.47 mills; Salina down $563,439, up 8.51 mills; Wichita, down $2.97 million, up 6.92 mills; Derby up $623,610, up 7.48 mills; Liberal up $286,345, up 2.92 mills; Topeka down $1.96 million, up 6.95 mills; Goodland up $107,533, down .38 of 1 mill; Wellington, up $105,426, up .58 of 1 mill; Colby up $237,555, down 3.01 mills; Kansas City up $72,851, up 4.35 mills.

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