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Easton Board Approves 2014-2015 Budget
The Easton Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 budget on August 11, 2014. With
approval of the budget, the board sanctioned a mill levy of 54.324 mills. This year’s mill levy
reduces the mill levy nearly 2 mills compared to last year’s mill levy of 56.262 mills. The
reduction in the mill levy will result in a tax savings of $22.26 for a person owning a $100,000
The mill rate is comprised of levies for the general, supplemental general, capital outlay and
bond and interest funds. The general fund mill levy is set by the State of Kansas at 20 mills for
all school districts. Taxes collected for the general fund are collected by the County Treasurer
and deposited with the Treasurer for the State of Kansas. The other funds mill levies are
determined by the amount of money necessary to fund the budgets based on the assessed
valuation of the school district.
The mill levies for the 2014-2015 school year are,
Supplemental General (LOB) 18.806
Capital Outlay 5.000
Bond and Interest 10.518
Property values are established annually and school districts receive from the County Clerk
assessed valuations in June. There is one assessed valuation for the general fund and a different
valuation for the other funds. The general fund assessed valuation for the Easton School District
declined slightly this year from the previous year and the assessed valuation for the other funds
increased a small amount. Generally speaking, as the district’s assessed valuation increases the
mill levy decreases.
Based on the State of Kansas School Finance Law some school districts receive state aid based
on the wealth of the school district. Since Easton is below the state average for wealth the State
of Kansas provides the district 39 percent of our budget requirement for the capital outlay and
bond and interest funds and local taxpayers finance the remainder through property taxes. The
State of Kansas pays 55 percent of the district’s revenue needs for the supplemental general fund
and local taxpayers the remaining 45 percent.
The bond and interest fund finances the principal and interest payments on the bonds for the
construction of the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and the recent addition of thirteen
classrooms to the school. Capital outlay money can be used for the purpose of acquiring
property, construction, repair, remodeling, maintaining and equipping school district property
and equipment, computer software, school buses and other school district vehicles.
If you have questions about the budget, please contact Mr. Charles Coblentz, Superintendent of
Schools at 913-651-9740.
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