USD 501 Decreases Budget Without Increasing Mill Levy

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Public Schools' Board of Education voted Thursday evening to publish the 2012-2013 budget.

The budget totals $239,396,950, which is a $12 million decrease from the 2011-2012 school budget.

Board of Education President Patrick Woods said he hopes the public is pleased that the board will be able to operate on a much smaller budget, without raising the mill levy from the current 56.307.

"I know I am pleased that despite declining evaluations, despite several years of decreasing funding from the state, this board was able to deliver a steady mill levy, no increase to the public because of our priorities we have had and the decisions we have made over the past three or four years that have led us to this point," Woods said.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for the next board of education meeting, August 2nd. "The public is encouraged to come and weigh in as it is their opportunity to speak with us," Woods said.

The Board also noted that Topeka Public Schools was able to fund $18.2 million in school construction projects this year without a bond issue.


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