Weber School District approves budget, including a base salary increase to all employees

Thursday , June 14, 2018 - 5:00 AM

Weber School District’s new budget will give all employees a 4 percent base salary increase next school year. 

The school board Thursday night unanimously approved a 2018-19 fiscal year budget of $303,804,285, which includes a salary raise effective next fiscal year, which starts July 1. 

Robert Petersen, Weber School District business administrator, said each district employee will receive a 4 percent “cost of living” base salary increase. This raise was discussed and negotiated between the school district and the Weber Education Association.

Additionally, a one-time $500 bonus for licensed employees and a one-time $350 bonus for classified employees was also announced as part of the new budget. These one-time bonuses will be awarded in December. 

According to documents provided by Weber School District, about 75 percent of the budget is spent in compensations.

The district is also budgeting in construction costs. Last year, voters approved a $97 million bond to be used for the construction of two elementary schools, the replacement of Roy Junior High School, an addition to Fremont High School and an expansion to Weber Innovations High School.

“When we bring these two elementaries on we have to account for ongoing costs,” Petersen said. “We have the money for the one-time construction but we don’t have the money for the ongoing costs.”

The ongoing costs include utilities, hiring a principal and office administrators.

Due to these ongoing costs, the board will have to adjust the board local levy, adjusting the tax rate to a higher level than the certified tax rate of 0.00613. The truth-in-taxation hearing to discuss the new tax rate is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Petersen said the school district initially estimated it will cost taxpayers about $24 per year on an average home. However, the new estimates show taxpayers paying about $20.85 per year.

The final tax rate, however, has yet to be decided since the school district is waiting for the state’s new tax rates, Petersen said.

Contact education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at smartinezbeltran@standard.net or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio. 

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