It’s now budget season and the Greater Jasper School Corporation has its budget ready to go.

Last night the Jasper board approved advertising the three pages of form 3 for it’s 2015 budget.Form 3 gives the corporation its advertised levee as well as the current tax levee. The district will also advertise its capital projects and bus replacement funds.

Greater Jasper’s advertised 2015 tax rate will be roughly $1.60 per 100 dollars of assessed value. That rate is intentionally set higher than anticipated so that the corporation can get the full tax levy available to them.

Greater Jasper Superintendent Dr. Tracy Lorey says each year the corporation’s biggest objective is to ease the burden on local taxpayers:

Now school officials are anticipating that the Department of Local Government Finance will drop the advertised rate to make it more bearable for tax payers.

The Jasper school board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at their next meeting on August 25th at 7 pm. The budget will likely be adopted at the board’s September 22nd meeting.

It will then be sent to the Department of Local Government Finance for review. School officials hope to recieve finals numbers from the DLGF by the end of the year.

Also last night, the board approved hiring Jasper police officer Jason Knies as the school’s part-time resource officer.

Knies’ position will be paid for through a 25 thousand dollar Secured Safe Schools grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. As part of that grant, the Greater Jasper district will match the grant dollar for dollar, making for a total of 50 thousand dollars in funding for the job.

Knies will start his new job at the beginning of the upcoming school year. He will split work between the police department and the schools during the school year. He will then work full-time for the department during the summer.