GREEN BAY - School districts are looking at how they will balance their own budgets, now that the state budget has been approved.
And that budget puts a cap on money for the schools' community-based programs.
That means schools like Green Bay may have to do what they do with less.
Money from Fund 80 goes towards such items as police liaison officers and after school programs.
But some taxpayers say Fund 80 should be cut even more.
"We have after school programs, instructional and recreational. We have our school resource officers," said Alan Wagner. "We also have an additional amount in there for the use of our school buildings."
The Green Bay Area Public School District CFO Alan Wagner says the money for a wide range of community-based programs comes from the taxpayer-backed Fund 80.
But, the Wisconsin state budget for the next two years caps that fund.
"The legislature has levied the amount for the next two school years, so whatever we levied this year is the maximum amount we can levy for the next two school years," said Wagner.
That means Green Bay schools can't spend more than $2.85 million for Fund 80 programs per year.
"We're going to have to take a look at what programs are in there and if programs increase in cost we might need to look at adjusting what programs are in that fund," said Wagner.
The Brown County Taxpayers Association has criticized the school district in the past for what it called abuse of Fund 80.
The association's vice president says he supports the cap, and wants the district to find other ways to fund some of these programs.
"What we are challenging is not whether the programs in there are good programs or not. They're very good programs. But they shouldn't be funded through that mechanism, because it could be funded through the community or funded through the school's general fund," said Rod Goldhahn.
Wagner says he is not sure what future reductions may look like. However, he believes more might be coming.
"Right now, we are looking at costs and where we are going to make those reductions and again our whole purpose in those reductions is that it won't affect students and it won't affect programs," said Wagner.
The Green Bay school district's overall budget won't be approved until the end of August.
Wagner says he anticipates a $2 million deficit, despite an increase in per-student funding.
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