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PW-S budget staggered by cut in state aid PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 21:34

School officials scrambling to mitigate impact on taxpayers who already will be paying more for referendum

The Port Washington-Saukville School District’s 2015-16 budget has been staggered by a more than $1 million loss of general state aid. 

The certification of aid figures last week sent administrators scrambling ahead of next week’s deadline for certifying the tax levy to find way to mitigate the impact on taxpayers who, even without the loss of state aid, will see a triple-digit increase in their school tax bills because of the $49.4 million referendum approved in April.

“We’re looking at some options to help control the impact of the state aid decrease,” Supt. Michael Weber said. “We didn’t anticipate this sort of decrease.”

In fact, when administrators presented a preliminary budget to the school board for approval in June, they expected general state school to remain flat because, they noted, it has not varied significantly in the recent past.

The first sign of trouble came in July when the state released estimated aid figures that showed the Port Washington-Saukville School could lose $787,634 in state aid. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2015 21:43
 
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