Green Bay Area School District Releases 2017-18 Budget

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Green Bay, Wis. (WBAY)- The Green Bay Area School District has released it's budget for the 2017-2018 school year, and it won't include a tax hike for some people.

Just recently voters approved a facilities and operational referendum with widespread support.

As district officials begin the budget approval process, much of the focus will be on the tax rate which is expected to drop slightly with a mill rate of 10.10, compared to 10.16 right now.

"I think when the referendum discussions in the spring were out the board promised that we would be at or a lower rate this year and that's where we are. It's not a significant drop but every little bit helps. I think what we're trying to accomplish is to bring it down smoothly." said Chief Financial Officer John Kasha.

This budget is the first one, since voters in April approved two referendum questions by a margin of two to one. Much of that money will address overcrowding issues, and facility upkeep, including a new building for Baird Elementary.

Plus the district now has more money to address staffing concerns.

"We've put in extra associate principals, in terms of helping to manage behavior in school, we have classes that we're offering students and we're preparing our students to be college career and community ready," said School Board President, Brenda Warren.

Overall, the budget contains $272 million in spending.

"I really feel we've made some great gains in terms of what we're providing for our students," said Warren.

A public hearing on the budget will take place Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The school board expects to vote sometime in early November.