The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memorandum providing information on the estimated percentage level of state support for K-12 education statewide and for individual school districts in the 2015-16 school year.
The memo estimates the state share of K-12 education in 2017-18 was 64.90 percent of partial school revenues, the same method used to calculate state support when the statutes mandated that state provide two-thirds of school costs. That two-thirds funding mandate was in effect from 1996-97 school year through the 2002-03 school year.
Continue reading Fiscal memos on state support for school districts, school levy tax credit released
With property tax bills set to be mailed this week, school property taxes are likely to come under scrutiny once again.
Although per pupil revenue limits on school districts meant to hold down property taxes were unchanged by the Legislature, 2017-18 school levies totaled $4.945 billion, a slight increase of $87.1 million (1.8%) over the previous year, according to Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) figures, and below the rate of inflation.
That increase in gross school levies will be more or less offset by an $87 million increase in the school levy credit, through which the state directly reduces the net tax due on taxpayers’ bills. Continue reading Statewide School Tax Levies Up Less Than Inflation
The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) recently released its annual memo estimating state support for K-12 education in the previous school year. The memo provides information on the estimated level of state support provided for K-12 education statewide and to individual school districts in the 2016-17 school year.
Continue reading Figures on State Support for K-12 Education, Public School Districts Released
Here we compare the Senate Republican plan released on July 12 and the Assembly Republican plan released on June 6 on some of the major K-12 provisions in the state budget bill and the WASB position on those provisions:
Per-Pupil Categorical Aid
Senate/Governor: Increase per-pupil aid $200 in 2017-18 and $204 in 2018-19.
Assembly: Increase per-pupil aid $150 in 2017-18 and $200 in 2018-19.
WASB: has supported the $200/$204 per pupil increase since it was first proposed by the Governor. Continue reading Comparing Senate, Assembly GOP K-12 Budget Plans
As the political campaigns heat up, school leaders can be sure that when candidates and incumbents talk about placing a priority on holding the line on property taxes, schools are likely to be affected.
A recent Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analysis found that from 2000 through 2011, statewide property taxes grew by an average rate of 4.6 percent per year. Since then, annual growth has averaged 0.3 percent.
The largest recent increases (1.4 percent) occurred last year and two years ago. Last year, net levies fell by 2.3 percent as the state bought down technical college levies by providing a more than $400 million increase in state aid.
Continue reading Growth in Property Taxes Slows, Schools Remain the Biggest User
Although most of the key decisions on K-12 education issues are not expected to be made by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) until next week, a decision coming up on Thursday could have a profound impact on K-12 school funding options for the next two years.
JFC members are set to take up a budget issue paper (Paper #595) prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau that outlines several alternative uses for funding included in the proposed budget to increase the School Levy Tax Credit. Historically, this credit is used to reduce tax bills in December of one year but is paid out in July of the following year, which moves the payment into the state’s next fiscal year.
Note: In a WASB Legislative Alert that went out last week, we noted that there is funding already in the proposed budget that could be used to increase resources for schools. The $211.2 currently allocated to increase this credit is one of the main sources of funding we were referencing.
Continue reading Joint Finance Set To Act on School Levy Tax Credit Allocation