Red River Valley School Division plans to spend over $26-million on operating costs in 2013-14, an increase of 6.3% over the current school year.
This increase translates to a 5.6% jump in school tax. On average, a homeowner within the school division will be required to pay close to $25 more for every $100,000 of their home’s assessed value. This figure is based on the current Manitoba Property Tax Credit of $700.
The owner of a quarter section of farmland assessed at $100,000 will see school taxes rise by $14.30, or $2.86 after the provincial rebate on farmland, given no change in the rebate amount.
Division superintendent Pauline Lafond-Bouchard said the budget was finalized on March 12.
According to a public presentation, increases in the coming school year’s costs can be attributed to additional money for professional development for staff, travel costs for school teams competing at the provincial level, adjustments to staff numbers to prepare for the province’s kindergarten to Grade 3 student levels mandated for 2017, and the introduction of a technology initiative.
Lafond-Bouchard explained that the division’s board members want professional development opportunities to be available for staff in all areas.
If any sports teams within the division are competing in provincial tournaments, they may need to travel long distances and these costs must be covered by the division, she added.
Additional money was included in the 2013-14 for "one-time" costs such as maintaining building property infrastructure, meeting Workplace Health & Safety requirements and expanding the Hockey Academy program in some communities.