Many public school districts in the Fox Cities collect fees for services through community service funds to supplement revenue from property taxes.
Fund 80, or the Community Service Fund, is one part of a school district’s budget where property taxes can be levied according to state law.
Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-15 biennial budget froze the community service fund tax levy to 2012-13 amounts. Here’s how Fox Cities public schools use Fund 80, how much they plan to spend from it during this school year and how much of the money comes from school property taxes:
The Appleton Area School District will spend $1.7 million from its Community Service Fund in 2014-15, according to budget documents.
Approximately $1.5 million of a total $1.6 million in revenue will come from school property taxes. Officials will use $137,000 in cash reserves to cover the remaining expenditures.
The school district uses the money to pay for maintenance at gymnasiums, auditoriums, playing fields and the high school swimming pools.
The district’s before- and after-school care services also are covered by Community Service Fund, as well as mental health training and services for families through Catalpa Health.
Community service spending increased in the Kimberly Joint School District from$44,668 to $58,367 in 2014-15, according to budget documents.
School property taxes cover $46,823 of the budgeted expenditures, while fees cover the remainder. The fund pays for the community fitness center, youth alcohol and drug prevention programs, community outreach programs and a portion of facility maintenance.
source: post crescent