The Topeka Public Schools’ Board of Education voted tonight to publish the 2012-2013 budget that keeps the mill levy the same as last year. The budget totals $239,396,950, which is a $12-million decrease from the 2011-2012 school budget. The mill levy will remain the same at 56.307, despite a drop in assessed valuation in the district. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for August 2nd at the next board of education meeting.
“The public is encouraged to come and weigh in as it is their opportunity to speak with us,” said Board of Education President Patrick Woods. “Hopefully the public is pleased. I know I am pleased that despite declining evaluations, despite several years of decreased funding from the state, this board was able to deliver a steady mill levy, no increase to the public because of our priorities we have had and the decisions we have made over the past three or four years that have led us to this point.”
It was noted that Topeka Public Schools was able to fund $18.2 million in school construction projects this year without a bond issue.