I have been trying to figure out why the 2020 School Warrant DEFAULT budget is so high and nearly the same as the proposed budget for 2020-21. If the Default budget is nearly the SAME as the requested budget, your choices are being taken away by those you elected to represent you.
I don't think that we can adjust the default budget amount at the deliberative session but we can use the system to create a choice by making a motion to lower the ACTUAL 2020 requested budget amount for next year. To accomplish this, we will need a large voter presence on Saturday, February 1.
I always thought that the Default budget consisted of the amount we voted on last year which was $10,605,989 ....but the 2020 School warrant lists the amount as $11,224,223. That's $618,234 MORE! Apparently, "certain adjustments" are allowed to be added to the original number when they create a default budget. After doing some research, I believe I have the answer where the additional $618k came from.
We voted last year for a budget of $10,605,989
This was reduced by $478,000 due to a couple state and federal grants.
So the total appropriation was $10,127,989
To that number they have added the 2019 voted Paraprofessional pay increases at: $33,514
That brings the total to: $10,161,503
Then they have added $584,720 "in certain adjustments" to the above number for a total of $10,746,223
(I have listed the $584K breakdown below)
Then they have added $188,000 to the food service (fund 200) and $290,000 to the "grant fund 435".
Here's the math:
$10,161,503 (last year + para pay increase)
+ $584,720 ("certain adjustments")
+ 188,000 (food service)
+ 290,000 (grant fund 435)
Total: $11,224,223 which is the exact amount listed on the 2020 warrant for the DEFAULT budget.
This is a summary of the $584,720 increases. You can see it on this document at the link below along with a time line of changes.
2020-2021 Proposed WSB Default Budget
It is very interesting that the budget committee took out $58,000 in "regular education tuition" on 12-18 and it was added back in by the school board on 1-7 !
Pages 6-11 of the above listed document are where I got the numbers I am posting below.
Increases and decreases to the default budget are listed below:
Regular Ed: +$132,772
Special Ed: +$170,858
Summer School: +$4
Truant Officer -($4,306)
School Board -(200)
SAU Administration: +$38,660
Fiscal Services -($4,626)
Regular transportation +$53,905
Special Transportation +$106,615
Technology : +$20,055
Total: $584,720 that has been added to arrive at the default budget.