The Meridian School Board approved a $17.5 million budget on Tuesday, July 31, that included a $100,000 rollback in levy collection for property owners in the school district.
“I am pleased to come into the Meridian School District and to have a board pass a budget in which no programs had to be cut, no layoffs for staff had to occur, and there also was enough money to do a rollback in tax collections to the community,” said Tom Churchill, Meridian’s new superintendent, of the 2012-13 spending plan.
The district’s school board voted unanimously earlier in July to roll back $100,000 in levy collection because the state didn’t cut levy equalization funding as feared. Such funding helps property-tax poor districts that can’t raise much revenue through taxes.
“I feel very fortunate to inherit a district that is talking about what can we add next rather than what do we have to cut next. This is not the norm around the state,” Churchill added.