OPS board approves 2013-14 budget in unanimous vote - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:54 am
OPS board approves 2013-14 budget in unanimous vote

Property owners in the Omaha school district will keep a few extra dollars under the 2013-14 school budget that was approved Wednesday night.

The tax levy will be about $1.20 per $100 of assessed valuation, down slightly from the 2012-13 budget. That includes a Learning Community common levy of 95 cents assessed in the 11 participating metropolitan area districts.

The owner of a home valued for tax purposes at $150,000 will pay about $1,803, or about $4 less than last year. School taxes represent about 55 percent of the total property tax bill for residents in the Omaha district.

The Omaha school board approved the budget on an 8-0 vote after no discussion.

The spending plan includes one of the largest general fund budgets in years for the Omaha Public Schools, at $507.6 million, up almost 5 percent from the past school year. That fund pays for operations and teacher salaries.

The district is receiving more state aid and more money from the Learning Community common levy this school year. The total budget is about $830 million, which includes bond and special building funds.

Two people spoke at the board's budget hearing, which was held before the regular meeting.

Doug Kagan of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom thanked the board for planning on spending less money on legal fees. He also asked the board to similarly trim its budget for new textbooks and supplies, both of which are projected to rise.

James Enright said the board should lower property taxes to help poor people. He also asked the board to hire an outside firm to conduct performance audits on the district's departments.

Contact the writer: Jonathon Braden

jonathon.braden@owh.com    |   402-444-1074    |  

Jonathon writes about education, mostly the Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska's largest district.

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