After facing the challenge of making up an 8-10 million dollar short fall, The Bay District School Board adopted a tentative budget and millage rate for the next school year.
The budget is a little over 196 million dollars. This is nearly one million dollars more than last year's budget. Although the board had to take cost reduction measures, like the privatization of food services and schedule changes, the increase in money is seen mainly in appropriations, partly because of the increase in charter school enrollment.
The Board also voted to adopt a 6.858 millage rate. This is about 0.26 mils less than last year's rate. The state controls about 76 percent of the millage rate. Superintendent Bill Husfelt says the state lowered its State Required Local Effort rate down to 5.187 from last year's 5.447 rate, which is the decrease seen in the overall millage rate.
Once the Board adopted this millage rate, it cannot be raised.