Horicon Superintendent Weighs In On Budget Process

10/29/17 – The Horicon School Board approved the 2017-18 district budget this past week. Superintendent Rich Apple says this is his second year working on the district budget. He says the delayed passing of the state budget made an impact while Horicon was building their own with the $200-per-pupil categorical state aid being the biggest focal point. He says the categorical state aid added roughly a $160,000 and played a big role to finalized document. The $12.2-million dollar budget brings a tax levy of $4.3-million. District Apple says the mill rate went dropped nine cents from a year ago and sits at $10 dollars-even. The document adopted has a deficit of $169-thousand dollars stemming from open enrollment numbers, vouchers, and a declining student base. Apple says his staff knew that the figure was going to be there and built a “very lean” budget which kept expenses down and included no major projects over the coming year. He says the district will pull from the fund balance at the end of next school year to make up for any shortfalls – if there are any – at that time.