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VIEW THE 2016-17 PROPOSED BUDGET
The State of Oregon requires school districts to develop and pass a budget that covers at least one fiscal year (defined by the State as July 1 through June 30). Even if this weren’t a requirement, however, the district would budget each year to plot the best way in which estimated resources could be utilized to meet estimated needs.
The district’s budgeting process is roughly the same as your household budget – we take a look at how much money we think we’ll have coming in (our resources) and compare that amount to how much money we think we’ll have going out (our expenses and/or contingency funds). In the end, our goal is to balance the money on each side of the equation.
If there’s money left over, we look at our funding priorities and add to our expected expenses until things are balanced. If there’s not enough money, we figure out where to cut our expenses or how to increase our revenues until things are balanced.
The district’s process is different from your household budget, however, in that it is reviewed by a Budget Committee in a series of public meetings prior to adoption by the School Board. Public meetings provide for a transparent process and public input.
The Budget Committee is comprised of all seven School Board members (publicly elected) plus seven Citizen members (appointed by the Board).
All fourteen members have the same authority.
The committee receives the budget message from the Superintendent.
The committee tests the budget to see if it meets priorities, programs, and services set by the board. This group discusses and revises the proposed budget as needed to meet goals and priorities set by the School Board. Are assumptions made realistic? Do expenditures proposed support district goals and priorities within available resources?
The committee holds public meetings; listens to and considers public comment.
The committee approves the budget, sending it to the School Board for adoption, and approves tax rates.
The committee does not set salaries, benefits, or contract terms.
The committee does not set staffing levels or make organizational structure decisions.
The committee does not decide whether or not a program or services should be offered; it does not add, delete, or alter the level of programs or services.
The committee does not review or analyze individual school budgets – the proposed budget is a high-level, district-wide, plan.*
The committee does not make or alter district goals or policies.
Review the budget. The proposed budget document is made available on the district’s website after the committee has received the Superintendent’s budget message. A limited number of printed copies are also available.
Attend budget committee meetings. Dates and times are at right.
Ask questions! Email or call the Finance Department at email@example.com, or 541-757-3859.
*To learn more about school-specific budgets, contact the individual school of interest.
Budget Committee Meeting Dates
Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (District Office Board Room): First budget committee meeting.
Committee will hear the Superintendent’s budget message and the Budget Officer’s highlights, listen to public testimony, and ask questions.
Monday, May 16, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (District Office Board Room): Second budget committee meeting.
Committee will receive follow up to questions from the first meeting, listen to public testimony, and deliberate. If time permits, the committee may approve the budget, tax rate, and tax amount.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (District Office Board Room): Third budget committee meeting – ONLY IF NEEDED.
Committee will deliberate and approve the budget, tax rate, and tax amount.
Monday, June 15, 2015, 6:30 (District Office Board Room): School Board listens to testimony related to the budget. The board adopts the budget, makes appropriations, and levies taxes.
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Department of Finance and Operations
Physical: 1555 S.W. 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333
Mailing: P.O. Box 3509J, Corvallis, OR 97339
Phone: 541-757-3859Jennifer Schroeder, Operations Assistant, 541-757-5874
The Corvallis School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, parental or marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination: Jennifer Duvall, Human Resources Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
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