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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Budget cuts: Elmbrook giveth and taketh away

Elmbrook, TAXES

Santa's elf comment about 4.1% raise Projections call for millions in cuts

A new set of five-year financial projections indicate Elmbrook officials will need to decrease the district budget by an average of $2.2 million each year until 2013-14, starting in 2009-10.

During the span, the total budget ranges from $83.9 million to $98 million, according to the projections.

In 2009-10, the projections suggest a $1.82 million adjustment. The smallest cut called for, $1.77 million, is in 2010-11. The largest, $2.59 million, is in 2011-2012.

The numbers are based on the district's most recent enrollment projections, which indicated an overall 5.4 percent drop in students over the next five years.

Officials also calculated a more optimistic set of assumptions based on enrollment numbers 3 percent more favorable than the recent projections. The optimistic assumptions indicate need for an average annual decrease of $1.5 million.

Enrollment and financial projections will be used to help create a five-year financial plan for the district.

and District considers insurance hikes Dec. 20th, 2008 Elmbrook officials are considering higher insurance premiums for school administrators in 2009-10, as well as incentives and disincentives for participation in the district's employee wellness program.

A proposed plan suggests raising administrator insurance contributions from 3 percent to 5 percent with participation in a wellness program, or 10 percent without.

According to a district document written by Superintendent Matt Gibson, many administrators expressed willingness to raise insurance contributions to help address pending district financial complications caused by declining enrollment and a turbulent economy. Administrators asked, though, that the cost hikes not be implemented until similar changes are effected in other major employee groups.

Gibson proposed a 4.1 percent salary increase - higher than an alternate 3.8 percent suggestion - to help offset the first year of the insurance changes.

As part of a discussion that will continue through January, officials are also considering adding a liquidated damages clause to contracts that would financially discourage administrators from leaving the district after June 1.

School Board members said discussing administrative salaries early gives them an opportunity to set the stage for negotiation with unionized employee groups.


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