TUSD passes budget without cuts
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jul 03, 2014 | 1208 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tracy Unified School District Board of Education unanimously passed a balanced budget June 24, with the expectation that finances would remain in the black for the next three years, according to Casey Goodall, TUSD associate superintendent of business services.

The budget passed by a 7-0 vote, with total revenues of $128,584,622 and expenditures of $143,045,948. The district will cover the almost $15 million shortfall with extra revenues from previous years, totaling $18,727,290.

Goodall told the trustees that the district had been anticipating getting an extra $13 million from the state this year through the new unrestricted funding system known as the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

That amount dropped to $10 million, and then finally to $8 million, Goodall said, because the formula used to calculate money based upon the students in the district changed.

“My sense was this was going to be a boom year, but we have to dedicate money from what we want to do to what we have to do,” he said.

According to Goodall, the district had several mandatory expenditures, including $1 million in textbook adoptions and $3 million for Common Core technology requirements.

“The big picture I see is for the change in the coming year,” he said. “LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) is new and no one knows how it works. It’s a whole new level of bureaucracy.”

Based on a three-year budget plan, Goodall said, “the district will be able to meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and two subsequent fiscal years.”

After years of not getting any additional state money and managing cuts, Goodall said he was happy with the latest budget scenario.

“We are doing new things and not doing budget cuts, which we have been doing over time, so this is good news to me,” he said.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225.

 
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