Fairbanks is applying for federal funds for Title I, Title II-A, IDEA, and Early Childhood. Public input on how those funds will be expended is welcome.
Updates for 2019:
- Biennual State Budget set for next two years 2019-2020 2020-2021.
- District's State basic aid funding will be held to the approximate same amount of $2.6 million for next two years.
- Governor DeWine's budget includes student wellness funding (Restricted) to the district of $213,669 for 2020.
- District's 5-year .25% income tax for Permanent Improvements expires in 2021. Planned for renewal on ballot in November 2020. Recent use of Permanent Improvement funds: Middle School roof replacement, LifeSkills classroom.
Functions of the Treasurer's office
- Accounts Payable
- Accounts Receivable
- Benefit Administration
- Business Management
- Contract Management
- Asset Management
- Financial Reporting
- Grants Management
- Records Management
- Student Activities
How Are Schools Funded?
School funding starts with the State's premise of a shared responsibility between them and the local community.
Schools typically have to pass levies to help fund operations and improve buildings.
General Property Tax includes Residential, Agricultural, and Commercial property located in the district. General Property Tax for operations is levied at approximately 26.6 mills, with 20 mills being unvoted minimum collected by law, and voted (now "substitute") emergency operating levy of 6.6 mills. Emergency levy brings in $1,679,000 per year for operations. This is a five-year levy that was renewed in 2018. There is also debt millage for the elementary outside of operations at approximately 3 mills.School funding starts with the State's premise that funding is a shared responsibility between them and the local community. The State provides some basic aid funding, but then relies on local communities to provide the remaining necessary funds. How much State aid we receive typically is a function of the number of students and property wealth per the number of students in the district. Schools would not be able to provide the services and programs without local support. Below is a current breakdown of Fairbanks district revenues. Property tax allocation would be considered State Assistance.
Income tax is .75% for operations. There is also a separate .25% income tax for permanent improvements only. Permanent Improvement levy is for 5 years with a current expiration in 2021. Permanent Improvements are tangible assets or improvements to facilities/buildings.
Property Tax allocation includes a 12.5% Homestead/Rollback the state pays on behalf of home owners.
Since schools are service organizations, approximately 75-80% of the budget goes to personnel staffing (Salaries, Wages, Benefits). We have 118 full and part-time staff members made up of Teachers, Bus drivers, Maintenance and Custodial, Support staff, and Administration.
- Bus repair services
- Copier Leases and Printing
- County Auditor/Treasurer Fees
- Instructional Support Services and Professional Development
- Maintenance Repairs and Contract Services
- Special Education Services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychologist)
- Technology Services
- Tuition to other schools for Special Education, Community, and Charter Schools.
- Utilities, Heat (Natural Gas), Electric, Phone
- Bus parts and supplies
- Cleaning and Maintenance Supplies.
- Diesel fuel for bus transportation
- Instructional Materials and Textbooks
- Technology Supplies
- Classroom Furniture
- Major Building Improvements/Upgrades
- Maintenance Equipment
- Technology Equipment