The Westerville Board of Education voted unanimously June 27 to approve a $186-million temporary budget for fiscal year 2012.

The Westerville Board of Education voted unanimously June 27 to approve a $186-million temporary budget for fiscal year 2012.

Interim treasurer Steve Huzicko said the reason for the temporary status is uncertainty about revenue projections and the state's biennial budget.

"We're still looking at revenues from property taxes, due to reappraisals, and the state budget," he said.

Superintendent Dan Good said the district continues to look for ways to save money and announced that he will make contractual concessions to reduce his total compensation in fiscal year 2012 by approximately $20,000.

A portion of Good's concessions will result from foregoing a contractual increase to his $189,000 base salary and contributing more toward health-insurance premiums. The other portion of his concessions will come from the amount of his total compensation package that is paid into an annuity.

"My own choice isn't made with the expectation that others follow suit," Good said in a statement. "It is, however, what I and my family feel is sensitive to a fragile but incrementally improving economic climate."

Despite Good's concessions and the district's other cost-saving measures, including a reduction in staff of eight positions that is expected to save $650,000, numerous residents spoke out and urged the board to cut spending even more.

Representatives of the Westerville Tea Party presented board members with a proposed spending-reduction plan that included suggestions such as switching to a health-care plan similar to that for New Albany-Plain Local Schools' employees, which they say has lower premiums; ending the district's contribution to employee pensions; reducing English-as-a-Second-Language outreach efforts; and reducing all district employees' pay by 15 percent.

The Tea Party representatives said their plan could result in a total annual savings of more than $20 million.

"We believe now is the time to start managing expenses without raising taxes," said Jim Burgess, director of the Westerville Tea Party. "We believe the problem can be solved, as stated in this plan, without laying off one teacher and without the reduction of any services."

Board members said they have questions about some of the group's suggestions and will follow up with the Tea Party representatives and take the plan into account as they look for ways to reduce expenses.

"I'm very interested in looking at all of the recommendations that have been presented," board president Kristi Robbins said. "If we can have this respectful dialogue, I think that we can come to some conclusion that will benefit everyone in the district."

Board members did not say when they will adopt a permanent budget for fiscal year 2012.