The Waukesha School District approved the 2016-2017 budget in a 6-0 vote, with board member Amanda Medina-Roddy abstaining.
The preliminary levy estimates were presented in July, and a public hearing held in September. The tax levy includes funding for a fourth community resource officer which is in full compliance with the state-imposed revenue limit.
Board member and treasurer Kurt O'Bryan said the tax levy is down 1.43 percent from 2015-16. O'Bryan also stated the tax rate is down 4.69 percent from prior year. He moved to approve the tax levy in the amount of $79,334,279. The budget includes $179,015,395 in total revenues and $181,612,716 in total expenditures.
Under the new budget, the mill rate is $8.66 per $1,000 of property value which is a decrease of $9.09 per $1,000 from 2015-16. With the 2016-17 tax rate, an owner of a $200,000 home would pay $1,732 on the school district portion of their tax bill.
Board member Karin Rajnicek who was not present, wrote an email which was read by Board President Joseph Como, Jr.
"You have heard my oppositions of board decision to go above revenue limits in order to fund $8 million dollars in maintenance projects," In her statement, she said if she would have been present, she would have voted against the budget.
O'Bryan commented that the community has seen the board's performance over the years and how they have been able to balance the budget and overcome financial struggles in the past such as salary schedule issues, healthcare and pension matters.
"I think this is one of the most fiscally responsible governing bodies in the state of Wisconsin," O'Bryan said.