Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Budget Committee met in a regular session on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland School District Board Room. Present were:
Carol Davis )
Heidi Parker ) Budget Committee Members
Bill Anderson )
Rick Barth )
Larry Cooper )
Richard Whitley )
Jill Turner, Business Manager
Jodi Vihavainen, Accountant
Daniel Cazares, Certified Representative
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Curt Bacon.
II. Roll Check
A roll check was taken and all members were present with the exception of Eva Skuratowicz.
III. Response to Questions
Responses to questions were distributed and reviewed. A copy of the responses are attached hereto and become a part of these minutes.
IV. Impact of Revenue Forecast on Ashland School District
Juli Di Chiro explained that the June revenue was released and is down by $528 million. The Governor has enacted equal across-the-board cuts for all state programs. The impact is $341 per student which is $1,000,066 to the Ashland School District. The administration is considering eliminating some of the enhancements that were provided in this budget as well as reducing the contingency by $500,000. We would still have $1 million in contingency. The budget committee can approve the proposed budget document tonight knowing that there will be reductions made before it is adopted by the Board.
Discussion was held regarding the impact of past reductions on staff, as well as various perspectives regarding reduction levels. Rick Barth expressed concern that reducing the budget each year is ineffective and believed that the budget should be reduced now to the level of bottom level operations.
V. Public Discussion
There was no public discussion.
VI. Set Agenda for Next Meeting OR give motions to approve appropriations as presented or amended and approve the property tax levy
Keith Massie moved that the Budget Committee of Jackson County School District #5 approve a budget in the amount of $47,931,714 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010 and ending June 30, 2011. He further moved that the committee approve a continuing permanent tax rate of $4.1601 per $1,000 of assessed value, and for the local option tax in the amount of $1.29 per $1,000 of assessed value, as well as a debt service tax levy in the amount of $5,200,000. Carol Davis seconded the motion. The motion passed as follows: Alexander – yes; Carol Davis – yes; Keith Massie – yes; Heidi Parker – yes; Bill Anderson – yes; Curt Bacon – yes; Rick Barth – no; Larry Cooper – yes; Richard Whitley – yes.
Juli Di Chiro stated that the committee should be very concerned about the passage of the Youth Activities and Academics Levy. It is important that the district have this levy. She felt we need to be strategic in approaching this and we need to involve the community. We will need help in facilitating some community meetings. She suggested that the District start from base zero and build a budget based on prioritizing essential elements.
Juli Di Chiro invited the budget committee to attend the June 14 regular board meeting where a report will be given on the proposed reductions and the rationale for those reductions. She suggested scheduling a budget committee meeting the last Monday in November to hear the latest revenue forecast and to discuss the budget document format. That meeting could launch whatever we want to do for community involvement. The budget committee meeting was scheduled for November 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:33 p.m.