Riverton School District’s $66.3 million budget adopted in front of an empty meeting room

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Fremont County School District #25 Board of Trustees approved a 2014-15 balanced budget of $66,343,434 before an empty house Wednesday night at a public hearing. Business manager Mike Collins said the budget was about 12 percent higher than last year’s, due primarily to the construction of a new elementary school and other capital projects. “Most of the increase is in our Capital Projects budget, which increased from $4-million to $9-million,” he said. “The General Fund budget of $37,812,434 represents a four percent increase over last year.”

Collins reported that 80 percent of the budget is for personnel. “Salaries account for most of that. I think this is a good budget, it covers all of our needs,” he said.

Superintendent Terry Snyder said the budget also reflects an increase of revenues received from the state, for an increased enrollment and from the School Facilities Department for the new Willow Creek School.

The Trustees Wednesday night also set mill levies: 3/4 mill for Fremont County BOCES, 1/4 mill for Northwest BOCES, and one mill for the FCSD#25 Recreation District. The trustees also authorized the school district administration to request the assessment of 25 mills for local support.