ACPS Budget Update, as of 12 Feb 2010

posted Feb 16, 2010, 9:36 AM by jbkulow@acpsparentcouncil.org   [ updated Feb 16, 2010, 9:41 AM by Lisa Medders ]
As you are probably aware, the budget picture for next fiscal year, 2010-11, has gotten considerably more grim as a result of changes taking place at the state level that will result in substantially fewer dollars to Albemarle County Public Schools next year. Below are some one-page fact sheets and narrative summaries of the reductions under consideration, as well as two issues pending at the state level (implementing the changes to the Composite Index and Del. Bell’s amendment to take the revenue sharing payment into account in state funding allocations to Albemarle). Please review these items to familiarize yourself with these issues and the affect of these cuts on the School Division for next year.

Click HERE for the Fact Sheet summarizing the reductions under consideration by Albemarle County Public Schools to meet the projected revenue shortfalls, including numbers of personnel.
 
Click HERE  for the Fact Sheet on Delegate Bell’s Budget Amendment regarding changing Albemarle County’s revenue figures used in the state’s Composite Index calculation to reflect the Revenue Sharing Agreement payment and result in more state funding to ACPS.
 
Click HERE  for the Fact Sheet on the Impact to Albemarle County Schools due to Implementing the Composite Index Changes in 2010-11.
 
Click HERE  to review the $5.3 million reductions already included in the Superintendent’s Funding Request [includes line item amounts]
 
Click HERE  to review the $8.4 million in additional reductions under consideration to meet revenue projections. [includes line item amounts]

Board of Supervisors:
All of them: bos@albemarle.org
Ann Mallek, White Hall : amallek@albemarle.org
Dennis Rooker, Jack Jouett: drooker@albemarle.org
Rodney Thomas, Rio: rthomas@albemarle.org
Ken Boyd, Rivanna: kboyd@albemarle.org
Duane Snow, Samuel Miller: dsnow@albemarle.org
Lindsay Dorrier, Scottsville: ldorrier@albemarle.org

Every one penny added to the current tax rate equals about $1 million in revenues for ACPS. The School Division faces an approximate $4 million shortfall in local revenue at current tax rate, due to suppressed housing assessments. $1 million equates to about 14 teachers salaries and benefits. An "equalized tax rate" that would bring in the same amount of revenue as the current year, with the lower housing assessments and without raising the actual dollars (taxes) paid by each homeowner would be 76.2 cents. That reduces by half the local shortfall to schools, from about $4 million less to about $2 million less.

General Assembly:
Northern Albemarle, Rob Bell, delrbell@house.virginia.gov
Urban Albemarle & Charlottesville, David Toscano, DelDToscano@house.virginia.gov
Southern Albemarle, Watkins Abbitt, DelWAbbitt@house.virginia.gov
Western Albemarle, Steve Landes, DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov

State Senate: Creigh Deeds, district25@senate.virginia.gov,
                    Emmett Hanger, district24@senate.virginia.gov

To help ACPS we lobby for the following:
1. Delay the implementation of the Composite Index changes until 2011-2012 so that the 97 localities, including Albemarle, may absorb their reductions over 2 years, resulting in fewer teachers and school division employees losing their jobs in 2010-11. (Implementing next year results in $5.2 million less for ACPS).
2. Maintain the Triennial census as the accurate calculation of student enrollment in public school localities. Abolishing the triennial census adversely affects localities with fluctuating resident populations, such as college towns and towns with military installations. (the change results in about $1 million less in state funds for ACPS).
3. Support Del. Bell's Budget Amendment to ensure that Albemarle's actual revenues are used in the state's Composite Index funding formula. The current formula overstates Albemarle's revenues by ~$18 million, the amount of the revenue sharing payment sent to Charlottesville every year. This results in less state funding for Albemarle Public Schools. Approving the amendment returns $2.6 million to ACPS.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee Considering Del. Bell's Amendment:
DelBTata@house.virginia.gov,
DelKCox@house.virginia.gov,
DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov
DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov
,
DelWAbbitt@house.virginia.gov,
 DelJScott@house.virginia.gov,
 DelMBaCote@house.virginia.gov,
 
Support Del. Bell's Budget Amendment to ensure that Albemarle's actual revenues are used in the state's Composite Index funding formula. The current formula overstates Albemarle's revenues by ~$18 million, the amount of the revenue sharing payment sent to Charlottesville every year. This results in less state funding for Albemarle Public Schools. Approving the amendment returns $2.6 million to ACPS and corrects the math error in the formula.

Maury Brown
Communications Coordinator
Albemarle County Public Schools
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 972-4049
mbrown4@k12albemarle.org
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