If the 2014-2015 Decatur school budget looked a lot like the 2013-2014 budget, that was by design.
“When you take salaries out of the budget and take recapture out, and look at day-to-day expenses, there’s almost no difference from last year to this year. The budget is almost exactly the same,” said DISD Deputy Superintendent Gary Micinski, who handles the district’s finances.
The school board adopted a balanced general fund budget of $29,452,207 at a special meeting Wednesday. That’s a decrease of $76,144 from last year’s budget.
The general fund budget includes 71 percent for labor and benefits, 11 percent for recapture, 9 percent for contracted services and utilities, 6 percent for supplies, 2 percent for travel and fees and 1 percent for capital expenditures.
Capital expenditures is one area that has increased over last year, from $10,000 to $401,000. The 2014-2015 budget include two vehicles for instructional services, another vehicle for maintenance, a bus – and money to help pay for the new agriculture facility currently under construction.
The budget also includes an overall average salary increase of 2.5 percent for teachers, nurses and counselors.
The total budget including the food service fund and debt service is $36,495,034.
After adopting the budget, board members also adopted a total tax rate of $1.29 per $100 valuation. That includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 25 cents for debt payment. The tax rate represents a penny decrease from the 2013-2014 tax rate.
No one from the public attended or spoke at the public hearing on the budget and tax rate.