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Time running out for MMSD budget talks

UPDATE (WKOW) -- In less than a month, Madison Metropolitan School District board members will cast their deciding votes on how to come up with that $30 million we've heard so much about in recent weeks.

Monday, district leaders posted the 2010-2011 proposed budget on its Web site. Total spending is estimated around $373,000. That's less than a one percent increase from this school year. As for the district's tax levy, under the proposed plan, it increases to nearly $262,000 - that's about a 12 percent hike.

If the board exercises its full taxing authority, the owner of a $250,000 home would see an increase of around $310.

Outgoing board member Johnny Winston, Jr. says taxes shouldn't be the only revenue-maker.

"Is there an opportunity to bring in charter schools, processes to bring in money or anything like that to save a program," Winston asked district leaders?

Right now, more than 200 staff members are at risk of losing their jobs. Some board members say out of courtesy, any position reductions should come sooner than later.

"I don't want to cut people, what I need to figure out is how to pay for the people that we need to keep," concluded vice president Lucy Mathiak.

The board will vote on the finalized budget on May 4th.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Under the plan, the district's property tax levy would increase nearly 12-percent.

The proposal includes a levy of $261,929,543. That is a $27,688,579 hike from 2009-10.

Total spending under the budget plan is $372,883,174; an increase of $2,595,704 over 2009-10.

The school board will meet tonight to talk about these new numbers. The public is welcome to attend the 5:30 meeting at the Doyle Administration Building, but there is no opportunity to comment.

27 News will have the latest on the on-going budget battle tonight at 10 and wkow.com.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Some tough decisions are ahead for the Madison School Board as members take up a $30 million budget shortfall.

The board could take action Monday night on its proposed list of cuts.

At its last meeting, the board took several options off the list, which included closing three elementary schools. Board members are also looking at a tax increase to make up the gap.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Doyle Administration Building on Dayton St.


27 News Continuing Coverage:


MMSD board listens to community concerns on budget hole (March 22, 2010)

Adult community programs could be affected by budget gap (March 17, 2010)

MMSD board hashes out budget options (March 15, 2010)

School leaders take on possible cuts, layoffs, closings (March 8, 2010)

School closings part of options to resolve budget deficit (March 5, 2010)

MMSD faces $30M budget gap (Feb. 11, 2010)

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