Our budget reduces taxes while supporting educational excellence
Our Board of Trustees has approved a budget that continues to support the success of more than 14,500 learners, while being mindful of the impact on families and taxpayers in southwest Winnipeg.
We had originally projected that the average homeowner would see a $9 increase on school taxes. Finalized property tax assessment numbers and smart spending by our Board means we are delivering a tax reduction of $7. In 2019/20 homeowners in Pembina Trails will be paying less in school taxes than they did the previous year.
“We have listened to our community and heard that providing quality public education must be a top priority,” said Chair of the Board, Jaime Glenat. “Our Board is confident that we have brought forward a budget that supports student success, while keeping administration costs in line with the Minister of Education’s direction.”
Our Trustees have worked diligently to consistently be under the provincially mandated administration cap. For the upcoming year, this means they have had to make the difficult decision to reduce five positions at the administration office through layoffs and attrition.
Here is a closer look at budget 2019/20
At a glance
- Increase in combined operating and capital expenditures – $5.0 million
- Percentage decrease in school taxes on the average homeowner – 0.3 per cent or $7, as opposed to the originally projected $9 increase
- The reduced impact on taxpayers, from the draft budget, is $16 due to finalized property tax assessment and a reduction in administration spending
- Projected percentage increase from the Provincial Funding of Schools Program – 5.4 per cent
- The Tax Incentive Grant is gradually being phased out by the provincial government over a six-year period; the reduction in the Tax Incentive Grant for 2019 is approximately $807,000
- The increase in provincial funding is primarily due to increased student enrolment
- Budget combined operating and capital expenditures - $178.5 million
- Percentage revenue increase from all sources (excluding property tax) – 5.1 per cent
Impact on taxpayers
The average homeowner with a house valued at $408,222 will see a decrease of $7 or 58 cents a month in school taxes.
- Our division is projecting a growth of roughly 400 students in 2019/20. Hiring 30 new teachers and investing in other supports will help many of our newcomer students reach their full potential.
- Additional financial resources are required to fund school building maintenance and ongoing improvements. Investments are needed in supporting the cyclical replacement of school-based computer equipment to maintain our current and projected technology needs.
- To help guide decisions about literacy, numeracy, engagement and graduation, a $150,000 investment in cutting edge IBM Watson technology will help analyze and understand student performance data like never before.
We would like to thank our community who took the time to participate in our online town hall discussion and special board meeting.