Heritage looking to lower cost burden on tax payers

The Heritage School District is looking at options to help lower the
burden on tax payers.
Previously, the district discussed refunding some of the 1 percent sales
tax money to tax payers.
Now, the district is looking at options to address the status of Tort and
IMRF/Social Security funds to lower the levy request .
“This would would serve same purpose of the abatement,” said
Superintendent Tom Davis.
Davis said the district did not plan on requesting any Working Cash Fund
bonds for the next year since last year’s request, which raised the tax
rate, was to cover two fiscal years. Davis said the district also planned
on reducing the amount of summer projects that the 1 percent sales tax
money was used for to save some in reserves so the district can consider
an abatement next year while still having money in reserve incase
something happens like needing a new boiler or a roof repair.
“The board feels we have update the schools a great deal from a cosmetic
and learning standpoint using the funds, so it may be time to back off the
amount of improvement work in the future and then see if an abatement can
be done without having to scramble if the unexpected happened,” Davis
said.
In other news, the district has passed a balanced budget.
Davis said the district was able to pass a balanced budget after personnel
reductions that the district covered with existing personnel, trimming
some time off of the daily school schedule without impacting instructional
time and by cutting junior high baseball.
The savings on the school day trimming will result from reducing minutes
per week in the office and for teacher’s aides, Davis said.
Davis said the district also looked at budget reductions in areas that
were above the average costs of other schools in Champaign County
including the kitchen, driver’s education, extracurriculars, and summer
office coverage.
The administrators at Heritage also took a one-year freeze on salary and
benefits.

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