No tax hike in proposed Avonworth budget

By NANCY WHYTE

Residents of the Avonworth School District will not face a tax rate increase, based on the proposed final budget for the 2017-18 school year.

At the work session meeting, Monday, May 1, Brad Waters presented the 2017-18 Proposed Final Budget to the school board. For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate will remain at 18.67 mil. At that rate, a property owner is charged $18.67 for each $1,000 of assessed value.

The budget anticipates revenues of $30,176,000 and expenses of $31,362,000. Fund blance money would be used to make up the shortfall.

Seventy-six percent of revenue for the Avonworth School District comes from local sources. Twenty-three comes from the state, and only one percent of the revenue is from the federal government.

The school board will vote on the proposed final budget at the regular meeting on Monday, May 8. The proposed budget is available for public inspection at the Administration Office, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through June 9. A public budget meeting is slated for Monday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., prior to the scheduled work session. After any revisions and changes are made, the vote on adopting the budget will take place at the regular meeting of the school board on Monday, June 12.