Finance & Business
The Finance and Business Department oversees the total expenditure budget for the school district. This includes total operating budgets, other special revenue funds, debt and capital funds. The district staff and Board of Education take seriously the responsibility of using tax dollars efficiently and in a way that best benefits the classroom learning experience.
Each year, the school district is independently audited to ensure compliance with financial regulations and expectations.
Kansas schools are audited annually through an independent audit process, by the Kansas State Department of Education and by the federal government. School districts are subject to audits by the Kansas Legislative Post Audit. All expenditures are approved monthly by the elected board of education.
News & Information
Update: Sept. 12, 2022 -- The Board of Education took action at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 12, and approved the revenue neutral rate and budget for the 2022-23 school year. The board considered needs assessments before approving the budget. Budget information and needs assessments are available on this website.
Posted August 2, 2022
The USD 232 Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 1, approved publication of the proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year – which calls for yet another decrease in the tax rate.
If the budget is approved next month, it will represent nearly 12 years of consecutive decreases in the school district mill levy (tax rate). Since 2010, the Board of Education decreased the tax rate by 22.5 mills.
The public hearing on the proposed budget is set for September 12, at 6:00 p.m., Board of Education.
Revenue Neutral Rate
Although the tax rate continues to decrease in USD 232, the district will collect more revenue over the next school year because assessed valuation increased. The Board is required to hold a public hearing regarding the revenue neutral rate, which is also scheduled for September 12, at 6:00 p.m., Board of Education.
All properties of Johnson County residents are included in a number of taxing subdivisions. Examples include the state, county, city, fire district, library and Park and Recreation district, among others. If a taxing subdivision receives more property tax revenue in the next budget year compared to the current year, they would be exceeding the revenue-neutral rate. Recent changes in state law require the county to mail an estimated tax notice on behalf of a subdivision that plans to exceed the revenue-neutral rate. The notice also serves as notification for a public hearing required to take place by a subdivision that plans to exceed the revenue neutral rate.
In early August, Johnson County Government will mail all Johnson county residents a single estimated tax notice on behalf of taxing subdivisions. The form will include data on specific property values and taxes as well as dates, times and locations of upcoming public hearings. Learn more about this topic and see a template of the estimated tax notice at jocogov.org/EstimatedTaxNotice.
Costs and Inflation
The Board of Education, working with administration, ensures funds are used efficiently. Because of inflation and other factors, certain costs are expected to increase during the 2022-23 school year. Examples of increases for the 22-23 school year:
- Worker’s Comp – 21% increase
- Property/Liability – 25% increase
- Health Insurance – 12% increase
- Copy Paper – 60% increase
- Transportation – approximately 11%
- Motor Fuel – approximately 35%
- Utilities – approximately 7%
- Salaries and Benefits – approximately 5%
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