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School District Projects No Increase in Tax Levy

Walker's budget left impact on Oak Creek-Franklin School District.

And now, some good news for Oak Creek taxpayers: the Oak Creek-Franklin School District property tax levy would not rise under the preliminary budget proposal.

School officials on Monday night laid out an early version of the budget, which will be formally presented to the public during the annual meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at East Middle School.

The levy would be exactly what it was this year - $32.1 million - despite the district having to make up for a $2.7 million budget deficit.

"When you look at the big picture for the district, we've been able to maintain a fairly steady levy, even though the state has withdrawn its support," Director of Business Services Cathy Cramer said.

The $2.7 million hole was created by a 5.5 percent reduction in the revenue limit, which was stipulated under Gov. Scott Walker's budget.

However, Walker's budget bills also helped make up for the loss - the district saved almost $2 million thanks to employees contributing 5.8 percent of their salary toward the Wisconsin Retirement System. The retirement contributions became law in Walker's controversial budget-repair bill.

Oak Creek-Franklin also cut about $478,000 out of its budget through retirements () and generated about $200,000 in new revenue from opening 30 additional seats through the state's Open Enrollment program.

Under the district's proposal, the tax rate would be $8.87 per $1,000 of assessed property value, a decrease of six cents from last year. That means a person owning a $200,000 home would pay $1,774 in taxes to the school district.

School districts across Wisconsin still must wait for more several budget factors, such as enrollment and state aid, to become finalized. The final version of the budget will be passed at the end of October.

Superintendent Sara Burmeister cautioned to wait until the numbers are final, but said, "we're in a very good position in our school district financially at this point in time." 

Mark B August 10, 2011 at 01:11 PM
10-20% of take home pay? I think somebody needs to go back and study some math.
wiplayer August 10, 2011 at 02:38 PM
yep - and those will be the teachers who need to find new jobs. Sure you have lost some union power but growup. The world changes, the economy changes and, perhaps it's times unions look at changing to better serve their members - there are ways they can put more money in your pocket - they just have to be willing to take an internal look at themselves. Not saying Unions are bad but the way they operate today is the way they needed to operate years and years ago. However, as long as there are those that think they are entitled to a paycheck as opposed to earning one, I'm afraid that change will be slow to come. Perhaps you're one who needs to find a new job - teachers bringing their political views and only those views, don't belong in the classroom. You may find you're happier doing something different - I hope.
Dean August 10, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Any of the whining cry babies try to spew their political slant to my children will be spending another 10 to 20 percent to get my shoe out of their backside.
Michelle August 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Are you not a taxpayer?? Haven't you saved any money by NOT contributing to union fees? Remember that most of us "taxpayers" contribute a lot more to our 401k's (like 10 - 15% of our pay), we have health insurance plans that we pay for (that doesn't even cover 1/2 the treatments yours covers), most of the priviate sector health plans are high deductible plans (try $6000 a year for a family) and most of us have taken pay freezes or pay cuts over the last 5 years. You should be happy that you still have a job. With a attitude like yours it confirms that we've made the right choice sending our child to a private school.
vocal local 1 August 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM
OC residents should not support this budget as it does not cut enough. LOOK AT THE DEBT. This budget is not addressing necessary debt repayments. There are plenty of places to cut send them back to the drawing board or we'll have major problems as OC continues to grow and the need for more building hits the table.

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