Westside Community Schools' general fund spending would be nearly the same as during the 2012-13 fiscal year under a budget proposal laid out Monday.
The proposal, offered during a public hearing, calls for spending of $71.5 million, up 0.4 percent from last year's budget of nearly $71.3 million.
Major increases for the coming year would include a $1,500-per-teacher salary adjustment, totaling about $750,000, as well as increases for health insurance, transportation and utilities, said Bob Zagozda, the district's chief financial officer.
Also included are funds to cover voluntary separation payments, which have increased temporarily to cover a round of early retirements. Pinched by rising costs, a state spending lid and a change in state law, the district trimmed the program last year.
Zagozda said the district will see some savings in the 2013-14 budget year, including about $1.3 million from staff turnover.
In addition, the district's property valuation will be higher than originally projected — up 0.25 percent rather than the decrease of 0.86 percent that had been expected. “That is a welcome sign,” Zagozda said.
The budget package also includes $750,000 in the special building fund to cover new turf for the high school football stadium and an ongoing study aimed at cataloging the district's facilities needs.
School officials said the current turf is at least nine years old and about a year past its normal replacement date. The field is used about 12 hours a day, by the band, physical education classes and sports teams.
Zagozda said the district expects to propose a 2.3-cent increase in the district's property tax levy.
Two cents would go into the district's building fund to generate money for maintenance. The district hasn't assessed a levy for that fund for more than three years, he said.
The board won't vote on the tax levy until October.