On March 7, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Prairie Rose School Division approved the operating budget for the 2016-2017 school year in the amount of $30,899,982.
Further the Board of Trustees also approved that the Special Requirement for the 2016-2017 fiscal year set at $16,884,448 resulting in the Special Levy for 2016 to Municipalities being set at $15,183,992.
The budget approved by the Board of Trustees of the Prairie Rose School Division represents its commitment to their vision in developing lifelong learners for responsible global citizenship. The Board of Trustees also wants all students to experience a broad education relevant to their individual learning needs; enabling them to thrive in an increasingly complex world.
The Board of Trustees’ fiscal focus strived to balance value for money, improving service enhancements, and a maintaining their commitment to address aging infrastructure needs (buildings, bus fleet, and technology). This was challenging due to the fact the Prairie Rose School Division did not receive any funding increase from the Province of Manitoba; despite increased enrollment.
- Additional staff due to student enrollment growth at the K – 6 level with 1.2 FTE additional staff
- Additional student services supports with the net addition of 3.95 FTE school counsellors for all schools to support the growing social and emotional needs of our students
- Additional 0.3 FTE Speech/Language Pathologist time to support student needs
- Additional Numeracy Leader time of .50 FTE to support the school division with the creation of a full time positon to support numeracy development
- Additional funds to support the first year of a 4 year PRSD Technology for Teaching and Learning Equipment Replacement and Infrastructure Plan that will replace aging technology and infrastructure equitably throughout the school division
- Additional buses with undercarriage storage and double wheelchair capability
- Additional funds to support increased bus maintenance costs and required administrative management software
- Funds to support a one time PRSD school website project that will have all PRSD schools using a consistent divisional website format for more effective communication with families and communities
- Additional administrative time of .10 FTE at St. Francois Xavier School
- Collective agreement requirements; Prairie Rose Teachers’ Association and C.U.P.E. 4701
On March 7, 2016, the Board approved an additional $598,000 of expense reductions from its preliminary 2016 -2017 budget that was presented on February 24, 2016. Expense reductions were targeted to areas such as fuel costs for the bus fleet, equipment and supplies for divisional grounds maintenance, staffing budget line efficiencies, and most importantly a major reduction to the division’s special project fund to maintain and improve divisional facilities.
- 17.43% Mill Rate Decrease
- 2016 Mill Rate = 11.56 (2015 Mill Rate was 14.00)
The 2016 -2017 Budget of 30,899,982 represents a 5.15% increase in expenditures.
The Special Levy, local taxation, is set as a 12.5% increase.
In 2016, property values were reassessed by the Province of Manitoba. In 2016, municipalities, towns, and school divisions use these reassessed values as the basis for determining property taxes.
Prairie Rose School Division portioned assessment increased overall by 36.2% with specific percentage increases over the 2015 assessment as follows:
- Residential – 17.4%, Farm – 63.2%, and Commercial – 13.6%
Due to the provincial reassessment of property values, in 2016 there is a reduction in the mill rate and a shift in local taxes to more reliance on farmland and farm building assessment.
Farmland and buildings will see a greater increase in taxes when the special levy mill rate for 2016 is applied to the re-assessed property values and less on residential and commercial.
Farm assessment in Manitoba increased significantly across the province so most farmland and rural school divisions will be affected in a similar way.