Fremont Board of Education to Hold Budget and Tax Request Hearings

FREMONT – The Fremont Board of Education will have a special hearing before their regular meeting on Monday.

The Board of Education will hold a Budget Hearing and a Tax Request Hearing. Executive Director of Student Services and Business Affairs Brad Dahl will present the proposed budget and proposed tax request. He says the administration plans to recommend not increasing the levy.

“We’re looking at a no levy increase, and a small general fund budget of 2.1% increase overall,” said Dahl. “To the average person, it means their taxing isn’t going to go up on their property tax. However if they saw an increase in evaluation, they may end up paying more.”

Superintendent Mark Shepard says creating the budget is a year-long process, and this year there is a large decrease in state funding.

“Actually we’re looking at a $400,000 decrease in state funding. The last time we talked it was right on the heels of the legislative session, and that was the information that we had at that time, and it was somewhat preliminary at that point,” said Shepard. “You know, the budget process is a year-long process. We’ll start working on next year’s budget probably in about a month.”

The regular meeting will follow after the special hearings. Items on the agenda include a report on summer school, and update on the auditorium, and reviewing a board policy concerning automated external defibrillator AEDs.

The Fremont Board of Education will meet for the special hearings at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the board room of the Main Street Education and Administration Center.

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