Makes sense to increase capital outlay authority

school-fundingIt made sense for the Wichita school board to vote Monday to increase its capital outlay property tax authority from 7 mills to 8 mills. Most of the additional school funding approved by the Legislature this past session will go to local property tax reductions and won’t help the district pay its bills. If the school board decides to increase the capital outlay mill levy, which currently is set at 4.25 mills, that would provide the district with additional funds it could use on capital projects, facility maintenance and technology.