Can someone please tell me the following information:
What was last year's actual spend for 2010-2011:
What was the associated budget that was voted/approved for 2010-2011:
Here is the information for the last 2 years. Just to make sure everyone understands, the current fiscal year we are in is 2011-2012.
Last year the 2010-2011 approved budet was $282 million. Accordind to the district financial statements the acutal spening was $269.8. This represents a $13 million surplus. However, approximately 7 million of the budget representing 'one time or none reoccurring costs. This means the district actually carried over an extra $20 million into the next fiscal year.
In the curreint fiscal year, 2011-2012, the voter approved budget is $284 million. The board increased the budget on their own without voter approval to $287 million. They did this for emergency repairs. The business manager has said in a board meeting that the district will have $13 million left over from this year. The $13 million he says is because costs will be under budget by $8 million and they will have an addtional $5 million extra on the revenue side.
The real story is the business manager is low balling the amount that will be leftover from this year. Real spending from last year to this year did not increase from $261 million to $284 million. Based upon historical trends, the real spending number for this fisacal year will end up closer to $272 million. This would mean the district real surplus will be closer to $18 to $20 million as it was last year.
Final numbers for this fiscal year will not be admitted to until the late summer or early fall. In the fall the district will have the choice of returning the money to taxpayers or keeping the money. They will keep the money. They claim reserves are down. Garbage. Just being hidden in different places. By the way the same thing also happenen in the 2009-2010 year. In that year there was $13 million left over.
The district lies. They reason if they just don't say the truth than it is not a lie. That is why they say nothing. But withholding and distortion of facts is a lie.
So, can anyone say why the district is claiming if it doesn't get every penny they are asking for they will make cuts?