The Brandon School Division is looking at an approximate four per cent “worst case scenario” tax increase.
Despite Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum’s announcement last week that Manitoba schools will see a two per cent — or $24.4-million — funding increase, BSD will still be facing a $1.3-million deficit.
“After factoring in our expected enrolment growth for next year, even with the increase in funding and with making no additions to staffing, programs or services, we would still have a deficit of $1.3 million,” Thursday’s BSD press release stated.
The four per cent tax increase equates to approximately $60.42 per year, or $5.04 per month for a house assessed at $200,000.
“As all of you are well aware, rapid enrolment growth had put a strain on both our budget and the available space in our schools,” Thursday’s BSD press release stated.
The board has compiled a list of potential cost reductions for the public to consider at a public budget forum on Feb.12 at 7 p.m. at École Harrison. The list of potential reductions is now available online at bsd.ca. Trustees will take the information gathered at the budget consultation into their full-day budget deliberations on Feb. 18.
On March 18, the board will meet to give final approval of the budget prior to submitting it to the province in advance of the March 15 deadline. The release also stated they plan to hear from the province in regards to the funding that will be provided to continue with the K-3 class size initiative.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 7, 2014