Butte school district trustees on Monday approved the purchase of seven new Blue Bird school buses and one bus radio for $651,500.
The district will pay for the new 65-passenger buses from the transportation and depreciation funds, said J.R. Richardson, business director. However, the district will have to find a way to make up a $192,000 difference not included in either fund, which could potentially affect property taxes.
“There will be a financial impact,” Richardson told the board. “Whether that will impact raising (property) taxes, it’s too early to tell. Hopefully, we’ll see a decrease in the tax base due to the Urban Revitalization District TIFD sun-setting.
The TIFD is scheduled to sunset this year.
Other financial factors that may help offset the $192,000 difference include the new mill levy option next August, said Richardson.
The buses replace six old buses that the district bought in 2001 and another in 2003, said Jed Hoopes, transportation and facilities director. The district traded in the old buses for the new ones.
The cost of buses has depreciated significantly, Richardson said, with less trade-in value and higher costs of new buses a major factor in the deficit.
The flat-nosed buses boast a shorter wheel base and shorter, more desirable turns, said Hoopes. Hartley’s Bus Sales of Ennis was awarded the bid.