The administration tweaked its recommendations for next year's budget for board members Tuesday night. Because of an estimated
Increased real estate tax revenue brought the surprising boon, CFO
"This says that property values have increased significantly more than tax assessors initially expected," he explained. "I think that's a good thing."
He noted the district's inability to give raises during the depths of the recession and only minimal increases in the years afterward.
Next year's proposed raises would include the originally budgeted 1.34 percent. That amount is to offset the increased cost to employees of putting money into the
The administration collaborated with city officials to determine how best to use the money and try to give the same kind of raises to city and school employees, Hanzaker said.
"We've got to stay competitive in the marketplace, and to do that, we have to give as much of an increase as we can," he said.
With the leftover money, bus drivers would be moved up one grade on the pay scale.
"They've been so loyal and hardworking. They drive our kids every day," board member
The cost of reclassifying bus drivers would be around
The board will vote on next year's budget, with the changes, at its
It will be presented on
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All employees would get almost a 3% bump thanks to a boon in real estate revenue.
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