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Thu, April 09

Mingus sets budget at $6.6 million for 2011-2012
State cuts district's funding by more than half a million

Kirk Waddle, district business manager, explained that the district was able to barely stay even with last year because of federal funds from a jobs program. Unfortunately, the district will not use that money for raises or to hire teachers. With the money taken away from the district by state legislators, the federal dollars only help the district stay even.

Kirk Waddle, district business manager, explained that the district was able to barely stay even with last year because of federal funds from a jobs program. Unfortunately, the district will not use that money for raises or to hire teachers. With the money taken away from the district by state legislators, the federal dollars only help the district stay even.

COTTONWOOD - In spite of another cut by the state of $511,000 to Mingus Union High School District's funding for next year, the district was able to increase its expenditure budget over last year's by slightly more than one-half of 1 percent.

Kirk Waddle, district business manager, explained that the district was able to barely stay even with last year because of federal funds from a jobs program. Unfortunately, the district will not use that money for raises or to hire teachers. With the money taken away from the district by state legislators, the federal dollars only help the district stay even.

During last Thursday night's school board meeting, Waddle told the board that soft capital has been eliminated by the state. That will cost the district $254,728 out of the next fiscal year budget. Waddle said the state took 88 percent of the soft capital last year, and this year has eliminated it entirely.

"We have no wiggle room in next year's budget," Waddle said. "This leaves us with very little capital."

On the expenditure budget summary sheet for next year, Waddle shows the student count at 1,204 resident students and a total attending count of 1,275. Waddle explained that the resident students are those living within the district, and attending students include the students who attend MUHS from outside the district. This year, according to Waddle, 40 students from Beaver Creek will attend MUHS. Those students do not add to the state funds collected on attendance counts, but those students do pay tuition.

The student count is up from 1,209 last year.

This year's maintenance and operation budget is set at $6,643,694. That is an incremental increase of 0.54 percent from last year's $6,608,066.

Tax rates for the district are predicted to go up, based on lower assessed valuation on property within the district. The primary rate will go up to 1.4740 from last year's primary rate of 1.4626. The secondary rate also will increase from .4405 to .4525.

The proposed budget approved by the board last Thursday will have to be listed for 10 days on the Arizona Department of Education's website before it is formally adopted.

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