A ballot will be going out to Hesston Residents for voter approval for USD 460 to permanently raise the Local Option Budget (LOB) to 33 percent from 31 percent.
USD 460 Superintendent Paul Becker said an informational meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at Hesston High auditorium.
Becker said the increase in the LOB would not result in any kind of increase in taxes and could allow USD 460 to lower the Mill Levy.
Becker said funds flowing into the LOB were critical for the day-to-day operations of USD 460.
“We use it for daily expenses and could look at losing almost $120,000. However, our Capital Outlay would bring in $80,000. But, Capital Outlay funds are restricted in what they can be used for,” he said.
Becker said USD 460 has been hit hard in recent years.
“We are down nearly $180,000 in the General Fund over the last two years,” he said.
In a previous ballot measure, residents voted to increase the LOB one percent to 31 percent. The School Board was granted authority by the state to vote to increase the LOB an additional 2 percent for one year only to 33 percent.
A second mail ballot is required to make the increase to 33 percent permanent.