The average homeowner in the Winnipeg School Division may have to shell more money in school taxes this year.
A report to the division’s finance committee says to keep service levels the same, the division would have to raise the education tax by 5.1 per cent to meet an almost $4-million budget.
That’s $64 on about a$203,900 home.
The report says increasing staff, capital and supply costs contribute to the increase.
More students are also needing educational assistants as demographics in the division change.
Finance Chair Chris Broughton says the board will then look at possible changes before presenting a draft budget to the public.
“People are concerned about how much they’re paying in property taxes, and the board – that’s something that we’re cognizant of. We’re also cognizant of the fact that we have to deliver quality education to build the future of Manitoba,” he said.
Seven Oaks School Division’s draft budget calls for a $45 tax increase for the average home ($270,400).
Superintendent Brian O’Leary says even though provincial funding is up, enrollment is rising, too.
The draft budget includes money for more capital improvements, better WiFi in schools and more vocational and bilingual programming.
Seven Oaks is holding a public budget meeting on Feb. 22 at Garden City Collegiate.
The Winnipeg School division is holding a series of community consultations:
Central District Advisory Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, 7 p.m.
North District Advisory Committee
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, 7 p.m.
Tyndall Park School
South District Advisory Committee
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, 7 p.m.
Inner City District Advisory Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
R. B. Russell Vocational High School
A public Board of Trustees special budget consultation meeting will also be held on February 22 at 7 pm at 1577 Wall St. East.
To address the Board, presenters must register in advance by contacting (204) 789-0469 before noon on Feb. 18, 2016.