Summer money

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

The taxes are currently collected twice a year for Grand Haven Area Public Schools — 50 percent in the summer and 50 percent in the winter.

On Monday, the school board approved collecting 100 percent of the property tax levy and debt levy on summer property tax bills, beginning in 2013.

Superintendent Keith Konarska said the district has been considering this option for the past five years for cash-flow reasons.

Donna Bylenga, the school district's director of business services, said the switch would prevent the need for borrowing money.

If the district had to borrow money, the amount paid in interest would take away from funding that could be used in classrooms, Konarska told the school board at Monday night's meeting.

“We’re at a point now where it’s in the best interest of our district and kids to do this,” he said.

Last year, the district used $3 million from its fund balance for operations. They are planning on using $2 million this year, Bylenga said.

The district's policy is to maintain 7 percent of the total general fund expenditures in its fund balance.

“Since expenditures have gone up, we have had to dip into our fund balance and make efficiencies to not go below 7 percent,” Bylenga said.

Before voting on the recommendation, school board President Chris Houghtaling reiterated that the change wouldn’t mean an increase in taxes.

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