Answer: In the event of a defeated budget, the board of education would have three options:
- Put the same budget before the voters a second time;
- Put a revised budget before the voters; or
- Go directly to a contingent budget.
The proposed budget for 2011-12 carries with it a 1.64 percent spending increase, which is $240,000 below the state-regulated contingency budget cap.
However, certain expenses that are included in the budget cannot, by state law, be included in a contingency budget. These expenses include student supplies, some student field trips, certain equipment purchases, some salary increases and community use of facilities.
Therefore, if the board adopted a contingent budget, an additional $12,000 in budget reductions would have to be made in these areas. This would mean that B-P’s contingent budget would carry a 1.59 percent spending increase.
Items exempt from a contingency cap are tax certiorari settlements, debt service and costs associated with enrollment growth.
Under a contingent budget, the tax levy increase associated would still be 4.88 percent, which is the same as what is outlined under the proposed spending plan.
-answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent