State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Reports are surfacing around the state about the budget repair bill providing fiscal security to local government. The New Berlin School District is added to the list.
Speaking at the New Berlin Board of Education annual meeting July 25, 2011, District Director of Financial Services Roger Dickson touted a “significantly improved budget environment” thanks to the budget repair bill.
“One year ago, I stood before this annual meeting, and I told you that we were going to be looking at a budget that had reductions in staff, a reduction in programs, we were going to continue to delay and defer maintenance on the buildings … and we were going to have higher property taxes… It was an ugly budget picture. This year, I am happy to be able to stand before you and tell you about a significantly improved budget environment.”
Director Dickson went on to talk about Act 10, explaining it “...provided us the tools we need to be able to balance the budget in a very difficult time. [The legislature] also provided us the tools to be able to spend more time … talking about student performance and student learning.”
In sum, according to Director Dickson, Act 10 allows the New Berlin Board Of Education to avoid reducing staff and programs, while simultaneously lowering property taxes. Act 10, the budget repair bill, also provides for “improved fiscal capacity” to “be able to prepare for unknowns in the future.”
Here is a link to a video of the entire meeting, with the budget discussion beginning at approximately 13:00.