Archive for Saturday, July 19, 2008

School board mulls mill levy increase

July 19, 2008


Lawrence school board members will begin discussing the mill levy for the 2008-2009 budget during Monday's meeting.

Superintendent Randy Weseman has said it would likely take a 2-mill increase to maintain existing services for next year, because of rising fuel and energy costs and flat property valuations.

But Weseman has asked staff members to prepare scenarios to tighten up budgets that don't directly affect classroom instruction to create a flat mill levy up to a 0.8-mill increase.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the school district's headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.


igby 9 years, 11 months ago

These clowns in local government need to be replaced with nuts and bolts conservatives who know how to trim the fat.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

How does USD 497 justify spending millions on astro turf if the budget is so tight? Which cost taxpayers $50,000 to train an individual in the care of astro turf???Priorities seem a little skewed.

cato_the_elder 9 years, 11 months ago

Defender and Igby, please consider (1) how many of the current USD 497 school board members are either unemployed or employed by governmental entities at various levels, (2) how many of them have had any meaningful private sector business experience, (3) how long that has been the case with the Lawrence school board, and (4) what similar statistics have been for Olathe and Blue Valley, for example, during this same time.

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