Monday, June 15, 2009

"It's not set in stone yet"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 15, 2009 @ 01:08 AM


There's a decent chance parents will not have to pay the sizable increases in fees for busing, athletics and extracurricular activities that was under consideration to help offset the budget deficit, said Superintendent Wayne Ogden.

The School Committee still must vote whether to bump up athletic fees to $200 per sport (now $150), extracurricular fees to $50 per activity (now $25), and $350 for busing (now $325).

Administrators calculated the cost for a family with three children, who each participated in one sport per season ($1,800 total), one extracurricular activity each, for the year ($150), and each taking the bus ($1,050), to total $3,000 annually, or 60 percent of the average Franklin tax bill.

"We deliberated a great deal about the need to increase fees to cover our rising costs at a time when the budget was being level-funded, versus the financial stress on families during our economic crisis," Ogden said.

"Plus, there was a very real possibility that increased fees might result in reduced participation in these programs," said Ogden.

Read the full article on activity fees in the Milford Daily News here

With the final budget still unsettled, if the fees are not raised, how will the budget end up balanced?

You can either increase revenue (increase fees in this case) or cut expenses (additional programs or personnel) to balance a budget. Stay in touch to find out what schools could look like when September 2009 rolls around.

No comments:

Post a Comment