OPS introduces $473 million budget proposal

Omaha, NE – A public hearing is scheduled for August on the Omaha Public Schools' new budget.

The $473 million budget proposal was introduced Monday. OPS plans to cut 69 positions and spend about 17 percent less on supplies and materials, such as equipment and tests.

Assistant Superintendent for General Administration Dennis Pool says the proposed 2010-2011 budget is one and a half percent less than the current year's spending plan. Pool says there are uncertainties in revenue because state aid is projected to be $15 million less in the coming budget year. That means OPS will be more reliant on property tax money. But Pool says the district won't know how much they'll receive in property taxes until August.

The 2010-2011 budget will be approved in September.