Phil Frei and Jim McCourt did an excellent job presenting the budget information; making very complex information understandable. In the end, the local levy for schools as proposed was approved on a voice vote…unanimously it appeared to me. The decision to tax ourselves for our schools with unanimous support was remarkable. Numerous people remarked to me afterwards how “good” it felt to be part of this community body that critically examined, then ultimately supported their community’s schools. That's how I felt, too. So, thanks to all who participated.
On October 15, we received the last number needed to finalize our schools’ annual budget: state equalized aid. Building the proposed budget, we had used estimates of increased state aid of 12.5%. However, we were informed Sun Prairie will actually receive a 13.13% increase in state aid to fund our schools. This good news means the following:
- The local levy approved by electors will be reduced by $321,327 when the School Board acts on the final budget October 25.
- Instead of our local levy increasing by 3.2%, it will only increase by 2.8%
- Instead of our mill rate increasing to $12.16, it will only increase to $12.12.