In Crown Point Spending cut, but taxes rise

The proposed 2011-12 budget also includes some spending increases. Fuel costs are up 22 percent and employee retirement costs are up 11 percent. There are also pay raises of 2 percent for non-instructional staff, 3 percent for administration and 3.95 percent for teachers.

The board decided to use a $352,778 fund balance in the 2011-12 budget.

Brannock stressed, even with cuts, the proposed Crown Point budget is good for students. It maintains almost all educational programs, offers remediation and intervention services, and continues extracurricular and athlete programs.

"The board has worked hard and diligently to keep kids as our focus," Brannock said. "We developed this budget with input from all stakeholders always doing what's best for the kids.

"The proper balance of a stable environment and culture for our staff and students, with realistic requests for taxpayer support, is very important," she said.

Also on the ballot will be an election for board of education. Incumbents Morgan Sprague, Terry Ross and Jacalyn Popp are running unopposed.

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