Contrary to popular news flashes and propaganda released by the Mesa Valley School District 51 and their Union TABOR buster handouts, they actually show a Surplus in the recent 2010-2011 Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Total Expenditures and Revenues. This is after the hotly contested Mill Levy Override requested last year by the District Administration for 3B in which Mesa County homeowners and businesses rejected! The businesses and homeowners were asked to give up a Starbucks coffee and a movie in return for an increased property TAX and the District pleaded that if the Levy override wasn’t passed schools would close immediately. To date NO Mesa Valley Schools have been closed and at the January 8th, 2013 school board business round table discussion it was mentioned by a Board member that the District had extra funds available this year as well.
BUT what is interesting as you dig into the PAST you discover A SPENDING Problem during some of our best financial years!!! Also notice the per pupil funding as it differs often from the low $6,100 you always hear.
Here are the 2010-2011 Totals based on 21,025.2
Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $212,037,042.00 or $10,085 per pupil
Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $209,912,512.00 or $9984 per pupil
Surplus (What’s left over after all Cost) $2,124,530.00 or $101 per pupil
Just to completely verify the above numbers as accurate, VetTheGov contacted CDE finance office staff via email. Here is the Exchange:
Questions on Total Revenues vs Expenditures at the District Level.
Do the totals in Table IIB rows J & K for 2010-2011 represent every dime from that District??? Is there any other Expenditures or Revenues not shown here and if not where else would they be???
Do reimbursements for transportation or special needs appear in these calculations???
It reflects all reported expenditures reported by the districts. If you asking about state categorical funding for transportation and special education? If so, yes the revenue and associated expenditures are reported.
Theresa Christensen | Sr. Consultant Public School Finance | Colorado Department of Education
Since we have been hearing about the dire straight budget constraints over the past few years of recession lets look back a couple of budget cycles.
Here are the 2009-2010 Totals based on 20,996.2 pupils
Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $202,371,247.00 or $9638 per pupil
Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $201,300,376.00 or $9587 per pupil
Surplus (What’s left over after all Cost) $1,070,871.00 or $51 per pupil
Here are the 2008-2009 Totals based on 21,041.8 pupils
Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $195,144,726.00 or $9274 per pupil
Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $199,263,059.00 or $9470 per pupil
Deficit (Overspent Revenues) $-4,118,333.00 or $-196 per pupil
Here are the 2007-2008 Totals based on 20,241 pupils
Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $188,562,683.00 or $9316 per pupil
Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $194,187,598.00 or $9594 per pupil
Deficit (Overspent Revenues) $-5,624,915.00 or $-278 per pupil
Here are the 2006-2007 Totals based on 20,206 pupils
Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $179,871,623.00 or $8902 per pupil
Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $194,976,795.00 or $9649 per pupil
Deficit (Overspent Revenues) $-15,105,142.00 or $-747 per pupil
Interesting to Note that in 2010-2011 the CDE administration’s budget was $38.5 Million for 110 Full Time Equivalents (FTE) and has been raised during this recession to just over $80 Million for 150 FTE’s! So CDE how can you justify 40 new administrators during a recession for twice the previous allocations??? Taxpayers these are the questions you need to ask your elected officials, otherwise the Smoke & mirrors campaign pushes forward!
After following the PAST money trail it appears during the Boom cycles Mesa Valley District 51 Overspent by a large amount and after being over $24 Million in the RED they finally have their hands around how to budget! Kudos to the current administration especially Melissa Devita for stopping the bleeding but it leaves many questions as to why the HUGE deficits when times were best and now when times are poor you are actually in Surplus. Mesa County residents these are the questions to begin asking the school board and school administration! Where have the TARP monies been spent??? Why are you not discussing all Revenues when discussing the budget only State and local funds??? Why do you state that Federal funds are directed to be spent in certain areas when you know that is an untrue statement??? Why did you overspend back in the BOOM cycle??? How much monies from Referendum C did you receive??? Why the ATTACK on TABOR???
Here is the Districts Smoke & Mirror campaign of trying to cover up the past OVERSPENDING issues when State Tax Revenue times were at their pinnacle!!! Enjoy the Video!