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South Routt School Board to consider raises

School district could use extra taxes to reverse salary freeze

— South Routt School District Superintendent Scott Mader is scheduled to recommend tonight that the School Board approve salary step increases this year for faculty and staff.

The district previously froze cost-of-living adjustments and salary step increases this year, making it the first year in some time that faculty and staff had not received raises.

But after South Routt voters overwhelming approved a property tax increase — or a mill levy override — to provide an additional $354,357 annually for the next five years, the district could afford to give raises, Mader said. He said it would cost just more than $44,000 to provide eligible faculty and staff members with salary step increases.

Mader said the district asked voters to approve the tax increase to help prevent cuts in future years. The district cut about $435,000 this year.

He also said voters were asked to approve the increase to allow the district to retain its quality staff.

“We really don’t know what the future is going to hold with the state budget,” Mader said. “It’s subject to board approval, but we want to give (salary step increases) when we can. We’re only spending a portion of this override money.”

The School Board is scheduled to discuss the salary step increases and take action.

Also today, School Board members will hear a presentation of the 2009-10 audit from Colorado CPA Services and will consider accepting it.

The meeting is scheduled to begin with a holiday social that will include refreshments at 6 p.m. at the district administrative offices in Oak Creek. An executive session to allow School Board members to discuss new coaching and paraprofessional contracts is set to follow at 6:30 p.m. The regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tax increase approved

The South Routt School Board unanimously approved the 2010 mill levy Tuesday night for property tax collections next year.

The total levy of 32.852 mills is nearly 3 more than last year’s rate of 29.908 mills. This year’s and last year’s mill levies were incorrect in Tuesday’s Steamboat Today.

South Routt Finance Director Dina Murray said part of the increase was the result of voters approving a mill levy override last month.

According to the district, this year’s mill levy increase will result in additional property taxes this year of $23.43 per $100,000 of residential property value. It will cost an additional $85.38 per $100,000 of commercial property value.

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