“If you look at that for the future, that means we have to do reductions or a levy here to get that cash carryover back to where it needs to be.”
The district could make cuts, but Schall told the board that the levy option would address both the district’s deficit spending and its decreasing cash carryover.
However, he did not say how much money 4.99 mills would generate or how much it would cost taxpayers.
The state budget was released this week. But Kettering Superintendent Scott Inskeep said it’s unclear at this point how it will impact the district’s finances.
Schall said last month the district has been pushing for a change in Ohio’s current funding formula which would qualify Kettering for $8 million more a year than it now receives.
“So we may gear up for 4.99 (mills) and find out that they lifted some portion of the cap…and that would help us immensely,” Schall told the board Tuesday.
Inskeep said the district has had communications with state Rep. Andrea White and state Sen. Niraj Antani.
“So I think they’re aware of the needs that as a district we have,” Inskeep said.
The coronavirus fallout will likely mean as much as $2.5 million of the carryover will go toward funding preschool, athletics “and the other ancillary programs,” Schall said.
More CARES funding could also influence projections as could tax collections, which have been “slow” due re-valuations by the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office, he said.
Schall said if the board favors a levy, it should start the process in June and decide by the end of July to meet the August filing deadline for the November ballot. Hopefully, he said, the state budget’s impact on Kettering will be clearer by July.