The Chisago County Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary county budget and property tax levy at the board’s Aug. 20 meeting. County Administrator Bruce Messelt presented the board with a $54.6 million balanced budget. He noted the preliminary property tax component of the budget suggested by staff was a $478,851 increase from last year’s final [...]
The Rush City School Board approved the 2015 preliminary budget June 19. Prior to the action, district business manager Laureen Frost and Superintendent Vern Koepp reviewed enrollment and revenue projections and expenditure proposals. General fund revenue for fiscal 2015 is projected at about $605,000 more than 2014. The proposed budget also reflects a decrease of [...]
Last Thursday, school district administration presented the 2014-15 budget recommendation to the school board. It was a historic evening on many levels. The simple fact that the school district is not recommending reductions for the first time in a decade is a significant moment for our schools and our community. What is also significant, though, [...]
I may have mentioned it before but it bears repeating: This year’s budget process is going to look significantly different than previous years. The primary reason for this is the school board’s decision to accept the full funding authority provided by the state in the recent omnibus bill. What do those funds mean for us? [...]
Toward the end of her presentation Feb. 13 on the proposed budget for next school year, Randi Johnson, North Branch Area Public Schools director of personnel and finance, said about the outlook: “We’re in better shape than I can ever remember being in.” She noted the district is in much better financial shape than it [...]
Release of the November state budget forecast on Thursday, Dec. 5, showed a projected $1 billion budget surplus.