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BOE opts for mail election to increase LOB

4/14/2014

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

The Hays USD 489 Board of Education voted 6-0 Monday night to approve a resolution to authorize a mail ballot election to approve a 1-percent increase in the local option budget.

If voters approve, the LOB will increase from 30 percent to 31 percent. District officials estimate the 1 percent would result in an increase of approximately $37.95 annually on a $100,000 home.

“If we want to do this, we need to do it tonight, call a special meeting tonight and make that resolution. It would have to be voted on,” Superintendent Dean Katt said.

Since the meeting was a work session and not a regularly scheduled meeting, the board first waived the notice for a special meeting and convened a special meeting before making the motion.

The recently passed state finance bill included an option for districts whose LOB is 31 percent by June 30 to increase it to 33 percent, Katt said.

Estimated cost of the election is $20,000.

“It’s difficult to say we spend $20,000, but when you look at the gain of roughly $200,000 for that,” Katt said.

The money would go to the general fund, which covers day-to-day operations including staff salaries.

“I think it’s something we could use to offset the fee charges and some of those things,” Katt said.

No date has been set for the ballots to be mailed.