Coweta County School Board approves Tentative Budget for 2019-20 Year


From Coweta County Schools Press Release

The Coweta County Board of Education gave tentative approval to an operational budget of $222,373,418 for the 2020 fiscal year (FY 2020), during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

The tentative FY 2020 budget provides a raise to school system employees, and does not project an increase in local property tax rates. The Board of Education has maintained an 18.59 mill property tax rate since first setting it in the summer of 2004.

Information detailing revenues and expenditures in the school system’s FY 2020 budget can be found HERE.

Tuesday’s vote was the first formal vote on the new year’s budget. It follows two budget workshops held by the school board on May 21 and on May 28.  Final approval is expected by the board at a called meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25.

The school system operates on a fiscal year that extends from July 1 until June 30 of the following year. The budget covers school system operations and other expenditures during the upcoming fiscal year. It is also based on revenue estimates including anticipated state educational funding during the upcoming year and local property tax revenue.

The FY 2020 budget approved Tuesday achieves several goals of the school board, including:
· Maintaining the current student calendar of 180 instructional days, and the current instructional program for students.
· Providing a raise of $3,000 for employees paid on the school system’s certified schedule.
· Providing a 2.5 percent increase in pay for employees paid on the classified schedule.
· Providing step increases for certified and classified employees, where due.
· Fully funding an increase in the school system’s contributions to the state Teacher Retirement System.
· Adding additional teaching positions system-wide, and providing an increase in the school system’s matching contributions to the Communities In Schools program, among other items.

The FY 2020 General Fund budget of $222 million is funded principally by state revenues and local property tax revenues. The budget approved Tuesday anticipates an overall increase in state funding during the coming fiscal year, and maintenance of the current 18.59 mill local property tax rate with 4.5 percent in anticipated growth in the local tax digest. The General Fund budget includes the largest portion of funding for instruction and pupil services, maintenance and operation of schools, transportation, and other operational costs.

In addition to the General Fund, there were three other components tentatively approved by the board as a part of its total FY 2020 budget.

These include $ 23,781,755 in expenditures from Special Revenue Funds, which accounts for special federal programs such as Title I, federal lunch programs, and IDEA.

Also included is $55,830,444 in expenditures from Capital Projects Funds, which accounts for construction and other capital expenditures during the year. School construction is funded principally by Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) revenues. The system also receives some state funding for construction.

Since the school system retired all outstanding bonds in 2013, no expenditures are required in the system’s Debt Service fund in FY 2020.

Those funds, combined with operations funds, total $301,985,617. The new fiscal year’s budget, if approved June 26, will take effect on July 1.

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