CHESTERTON | During Monday night’s Duneland School Board meeting, Superintendent David Pruis presented the preliminary approval of budget amounts received back from the state.
It was the first time in 13 years the budget had been received by the first of the year and Pruis said they were pleased with the numbers and they were as expected.
Overall for the 2014 budget, $64,397,556 was advertised and $63,294,127 was approved.
Of note was the capital projects fund that Lynn Kwilasz, chief financial officer, called a “true reduction.” Of the $10.5 million advertised, about $9.4 million was certified.
Pruis discussed the impact of Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal for permanently removing the tax on business and manufacturing equipment and said it would result in the school corporation losing an estimated $1.4 million from the budget.
He added that this move would not only impact the schools, but towns, libraries and other public entities as well.
“I think it goes without saying that we are not in support of eliminating 100 percent of the business and personal property tax. Living within our means becomes more difficult when you keep reducing our means,” Pruis said.
Kwilasz noted Duneland Schools would be one of the harder-hit school corporations due to technicalities in the budget and proposed legislation.
In other business, Pruis said the insurance committee reviewed a health care package renewal proposal from Anthem, their current provider which saw premiums remain the same although copays for doctor visits, emergency room visits, urgent care visit, and prescription medications would increase.
Pruis said the insurance committee made the recommendation to adopt the proposal and the board unanimously agreed.
He also recognized outstanding performances from musicians at the Madrigal Dinner last week and he said registrations for the new wellness center are “not where we want to be,” but are up to 37 percent with a target of 40 percent in the first year.