The proposed tax increase actually would be nearly 3.5 percent for the district's
The board on Tuesday unanimously approved
Accounting for the majority of the additional expenses, according to board President
The 3.1 percent overall tax hike, which is the maximum increase Apollo-Ridge was allowed by the state, will yield about
It will bump the tax rate in the district's
The district assesses different millage rates due to the state formula designed to equalize the taxes in districts that cover more than one county.
Even with the proposed tax hike, which would be the district's first in three years, Apollo-Ridge finds itself with a
"Obviously, we don't like to raise taxes," he said, "and we haven't done that in four of the past five years here. But sometimes there are obligations that we're required to meet that are beyond our control."
Despite the 2014-15 deficit, district officials are not cutting any services or programs for next school year, according to Superintendent
"Over the past two to three years, we made some reductions in staff and we trimmed wherever we could," Curci said. "Now we're trying to maintain that level."
Helping to alleviate the deficit, according to Primm, are
District officials said they're hoping for statewide reform for special education funding, cyber-school funding and employee pensions to reverse some of the trends that have led to the proposed tax hike.
Primm said any projections into the 2015-16 school year would be premature. The district will have about
The preliminary 2014-15 budget was approved in a 5-0 vote. Board members
The budget proposal will be available for public comment and review beginning Wednesday on the district's website, www.apolloridge.com, or upon request at the high school's central office.
The board will finalize the spending plan in June.
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