Proposed Lebanon school budget calls for 6% tax increase

Meeting Monday to discuss budget

Lebanon School District is proposing a budget with a 6 percent tax increase Monday night, starting a process that is months away from final approval and solid numbers from state and federal sources.

The primary reasons the district needs more money are increases in special education costs and having more students to serve.

“Ninety cents of every dollar of special education costs come from local revenue,” Business Manager Curtis Richards explained. State and federal funding for special education does not increase at the rate expenses do, Richards said, so the burden falls on the district to find other areas of the budget to pull money from, and to local taxpayers.

“Traditionally the district will work to minimize any increase,” Richards said.

Last year a tax increase was proposed with the first draft of the budget in January and the board of education finalized a budget in June with no local tax increase for the first time in recent memory, Lebanon Daily News reported.

The 2018-19 budget is being introduced at $76,539,084 in total expenses.

Source: Proposed Lebanon school budget calls for 6% tax increase

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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