The New Albany-Plain Local school board Monday night adopted next year's appropriations and a five-year forecast that shows a $12-million deficit in 2010.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board Monday night adopted next year's appropriations and a five-year forecast that shows a $12-million deficit in 2010.

The board unanimously approved annual appropriations and the update of the district's five-year forecast.

Total appropriations for the 2009 financial year total $74.4-million, with general-fund expenditures accounting for $57-million.

The five-year forecast shows the district's $12-million ending cash balance being eliminated by 2010.

District treasurer Brian Ramsay said he did not include the 24.4-mill levy in the forecast.

"There are no surprises," he said. "We are in deficit spending."

A 20.7-mill levy approved by voters in 2006 currently provides about 50 percent of the district's revenue and will stop collecting after December 2009. According to the forecast, the levy accounts for about $17.9-million.

The 24.4-mill continuing operating levy on next week's ballot would replace the 20.7-mill levy. If approved, it would begin collecting in January 2010. It is expected to generate about $21.7-million annually.

According to the forecast, the $45-million in revenue expected for the 2009 financial year will decrease to $37-million in 2010 and $28-million in 2011 if the 2006 voter-approved 20.7-mill levy stops collecting at the end of 2009 without a replacement of operating funds.

The ending cash balance estimated for 2009 is $12.3-million. In 2010, it's expected to fall $51,000 into deficit spending. The deficit in 2011 is estimated to increase to $25-million and $56-million in 2012.

Ramsay said if next week's levy is passed, the five-year forecast will be changed during the May update.

"We're required to do (a five-year forecast) in October and May," he said.

In other matters, a resident asked board members about salary increases for Superintendent Steve Castle and the process for giving them. When Castle was given a three-year contract renewal in February, he was making $161,267.

Board member Peter Horvath said raises were given based on performance and talent.