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Geneva city schools proposes budget increase to support students

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This week, the Geneva City School District Board of Education endorsed a new budget, suggesting a 3.9 percent hike in the tax levy. Scheduled for a public vote on May 21, the increase aims to meet the growing needs of a community where 72 percent of families live below the poverty line. Superintendent Bo Wright highlighted the budget’s role in bolstering academic success for all students amidst rising economic challenges.

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The new budget, amounting to $73,675,289, reflects a significant uplift from last year’s $68,042,864, planning for the end of federal Covid relief aid while anticipating additional state support. The district expects a $4,761,328 increase in state aid, making up 60 percent of its revenue, to partially offset the expiring federal funds targeted at pandemic-related educational impacts.

Geneva’s educational leaders are committed to minimizing the tax impact on residents, focusing on enhancing student programs and opportunities. Despite potential changes due to city reassessment, the district’s budget prioritizes preparing students for their future, with initiatives like college credit courses and local internship opportunities. Voters will decide on the budget and two Board of Education seats at the upcoming May election.