Revenue and Expenditures
Over the period from 2006 to 2012 school district revenues increased substantially exceeding $22 million in 2011. Beginning in 2013 district revenues have fallen substantially while expenditures remained relatively flat ranging between $8.6 and $9.1 million annually. The revenues and expenditures reflect the current operating conditions where district enrollments have increased slightly with improved economic conditions in the mining sector.
Local sources make up 94 percent of school district revenue. The largest category is ad valorem taxes, which makes up over 80 percent of total local support, followed by school support taxes and a motor vehicle privilege tax. In 2004 the Eureka County voters passed a school bond measure of $6 million. Bond proceeds paid for an addition to and remodel of the Eureka County High School. As of 2011, Eureka County School District has no debt service requirements.
Table 5-3 on the following pages shows school district revenues and expenditures for the years 1995-2017. Both revenues and expenditures dropped over the 1995-2004 period. During the years 2000 to 2004 expenditures were higher than revenues. In 2008, however, revenues increased sharply while expenditures continued to drop, making school district revenues higher than expenditures for the first time in four years. That trend continued through 2013 as revenues have nearly doubled annual district expenditures (Figure 5-4).
As shown in Table 5-4, 2013 spending for regular, vocational and other instructional programs was approximately 48 percent of overall expenditures. Undistributed expenditures, which include spending for administration, operation and maintenance of facilities, student transportation, and facilities acquisition, made up 45 percent of school expenditures. In 2017 the largest expenditures (regular programs and undistributed) made up 79.3 percent of total district expenditures. In 2012, and 2013 the district funded $2.9, $2.6, and $3.7 million in building construction, respectively.
In addition to its general fund, the school district maintains several special revenue funds. One of these, the District Special Education Fund, is maintained with operating transfers from the general fund. The other special revenue account for federal or state grant revenues for programs including schools to careers, disabled education, special education aides, and others. Most funding for special education comes from these categories. The school district also maintains a Capital Projects Fund to provide for the purchase of capital assets, and a Building and Sites Fund, which was created to account for receipts from rental and sale of school property, gifts to the school district, and monies from the federal government for construction of school facilities. Expenditures from this fund are limited to construction, remodel and or enlargement of school facilities.