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No comments at public hearing on Fort Wayne Community Schools’ proposed 2018 budget

The board is scheduled to vote on approval Oct. 23.

No one came to speak during a public hearing Monday night on the Fort Wayne Community Schools district’s $295.5 million proposed 2018 budget.

The board of school trustees now will consider approving the budget at their meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Grile Administrative Center.

The public hearing, which took place during the board’s regular semimonthly meeting at the Grile center, also was open to anyone who wanted to comment on the district’s 2018-2020 Capital Projects Plan and 2018-2029 School Bus Replacement Plan.

FWCS Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend discussed the proposed 2018 budget, capital projects plan and bus replacement plan during the board’s Sept. 25 meeting.

The proposed budget includes a 1.9 percent increase over this year, but that increase was expected to have minimal impact on property owners in the district.

If the budget is approved, FWCS expects the owner of a home with an assessed value of $100,000 will pay $5 more next year in property taxes for the FWCS portion of their annual property tax bill.

The minimal tax increase results largely because FWCS anticipates an enrollment increase, which will bring it more funding from the state. Most state funding for public schools is provided on a per pupil basis.

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