At their most recent meeting, the Perry School Board approved the budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which includes a $21.51 per $1,000 tax levy.
Superintendent Lynn Ubben says the tax levy went up from last year after a few years of it declining. She says in a perfect world, the tax rate would stay roughly the same from year to year, but the funding fluctuations from the legislature make that difficult to do. The legislature granted a 1.11% increase in state supplemental aid this year, which was below what most school administrators were hoping for.
Ubben says the lack of funding from the state has made it difficult for a district like Perry to always make ends meet. “Unfortunately in the last eight years, since I’ve been here, the first year we had across-the-board cuts. And then the last seven have been some of the lowest funding for schools from the state in the history of Iowa schools, and we know that. And we’re hearing next year they’re throwing out 0%. We read about it, and the legislature, and the shape they’re in.”
Ubben adds, the school tries to be fiscally responsible, but it’s tough to do since Perry is a property-poor district. However, she believes the district is people-rich, so the community will continue to make things work in the face of adversity. To hear more about the latest from the Perry School District, listen to last Tuesday’s Perry Fareway Let’s Talk Dallas County program at RaccoonValleyRadio.com.