Hayden School Board to finalize wording for proposed mill levy override
August 18, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The Hayden School Board meets tonight to finalize the wording of a proposed mill levy override that could generate as much as $321,473 a year for the school district.
Board members will discuss the ballot language of the potential tax increase, which will be submitted to voters in November. The board also will discuss whether the override should include a sunset clause requiring that it be periodically reapproved by voters.
Also on tonight's agenda is a vote about a proposed increase in the cost of Hayden student lunches.
School Board President Brian Hoza said the revenue-generating items are a response to a district survey conducted in spring that showed wide community support for the measures.
"At this point in our fiscal climate, it's really about holding on to all of our essential programs and generating additional funding to support them," Hoza said. "We're also trying to support our staff in terms of their salary and benefits so they can also manage in these difficult times."
Hoza said board members will discuss how much of an override the district will seek. Projected budget numbers and student enrollment will be the primary factors they will weigh when deciding whether to seek the maximum override.
"We don't know what our enrollment numbers in October will be, and we have to anticipate the likelihood of additional cuts this year as far as state funding," Hoza said. "That can make it difficult for us to decide how much to pursue."
He said that even if the board decides to seek the maximum override, it would not overcompensate for the budget cuts he predicts to occur this year.
The override would cost residents about $33 per $100,000 of assessed residential property value annually.
The cost would be more significant for owners of commercial property.
The board also will vote on a proposed 25-cent price increase for lunches at Hayden schools. Hoza expects the board to approve at least the minimum suggested price increase.
Other topics for discussion include the consideration of drafting opposition resolutions to November ballot measures Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61, and the potential hiring of new staff members.