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Batavia School D-101 proposes $74M budget

Public hearing set for Sept. 16

BATAVIA – Batavia School District 101 is proposing an operating budget of $74.6 million for next year, an increase of $1.8 million from last year.

The Batavia School Board on Tuesday voted to put the proposed budget on public display. A public hearing on the budget will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Rosalie Jones Administration Center, 335 W. Wilson St., Batavia.

Originally, the public hearing was set for Sept. 23, at the same meeting board members are set to vote on the budget. But board members Jon Gaspar and Melanie Impastato thought that would not provide enough time for the board to react to public comments.

“Is that going to give us enough time for us to absorb what the public has to say?” Impastato asked.

The public also is invited to attend and comment on the budget at several other meetings, including the board’s finance committee meeting at noon Aug. 26 and the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. that day, as well as the board’s finance committee meeting at noon Sept. 23 and the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. that day.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance Kris Monn noted the budget could change. For example, he said the district is still in contract negotiations with the district’s support staff and teachers.

“The salaries and benefits are very much in flux,” he said.

As proposed, the budget shows $76 million in revenues, an increase of $3.2 million from last year. Major revenue changes include an increase of $2.3 million in property taxes, that Monn said is largely from the expiration of Aurora’s tax increment financing district No. 2, which includes the Chicago Premium Outlets mall in Aurora and significant industrial properties in the Interstate 88 corridor.

The district also is expected to receive an increase of $300,000 in general state aid this year because of a switch in the foundation formula for one year, Monn said.

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