Mona Aumann didn’t mince words.

“This really is the tightest budget that I’ve ever had to put together,” she told the crowd at the Green Lake School District’s annual meeting last week.

Aumann — the district’s financial consultant — said this is the 34th school budget she’s put together.

The district faces a deficit of about $280,000 this school year. That money will be taken from fund balance — loosely regarded as a savings account.

After three failed operations referendums this year, the normally mundane annual meeting was well attended by citizens.

The division in the crowd was apparent, as the two camps each tried to nominate a chairman to preside over the meeting. With an audience vote, Gordy Farrell topped Sydney Rouse.

District officials and citizens spent about an hour pouring over the details of the 2010-11 budget. Then citizens voted to allow the district to levy a tax.

As it stands, the tax rate, tax levy and total school budget have dropped slightly. The new tax rate is estimated to be $4.79 per $1,000 of equalized valuation. That’s a drop of $0.06 from last school year.

Aumann emphasized the tax rate and levy would have been less had voters approved the maintenance portion of the Sept. 14 referendum. Read the full article in the Sept. 30 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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