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EVSC board approves 2022 operational, educational budget

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 6:10 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The EVSC School Board voted to approve the 2022 operational and education budget.

In that budget, the capital improvements and bus replacement plans were also approved.

Negotiations for raisers for teachers are also about to begin.

“This is the first time in a decade that we’ve seen an increase in funding that will allow us to offer compensation increases to all of our employees that we haven’t been able to do for some time in Indiana and locally,” said Jason Woebkenberg with the EVSC.

The budget anticipates spending more money than it will bring in. The EVSC Board has determined the budget to be set at $281,581,805. But they are only expecting to bring in $248,003,340 in revenue. That is a difference of about $33,000,000.

Despite this, Woebkenberg said that there are many different factors that go into this process, and there are ways for the budget to be reduced in the foreseeable future.

“School finance can be quite complicated in the state of Indiana,” Woebkenberg said. “It’s something that takes a bit to get a handle on, but there are certain processes in place. Because in the end you’re dealing with property tax caps and other factors that can actually reduce the amount that you have. So there are certain ways we create a budget. It is all spelled out through statute in the state of Indiana.”

To learn more about the school budget, you can visit the EVSC website.

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