The Westerville Board of Education passed a final budget Sept. 26 for the current fiscal year totaling $196.4 million.

The Westerville Board of Education passed a final budget Sept. 26 for the current fiscal year totaling $196.4 million.

The budget is a $9.5-million increase in spending over a temporary budget passed by the board in June. That budget totaled $186.9 million.

The additional money mostly comes from funds that were rolled over from the previous fiscal year, which ended June 30, treasurer Bart Griffith said.

For example, $3 million was rolled over from the district’s capital-improvement fund, Griffith said. Other funds were rolled over from federal grants the district didn’t use all of last year.

“A lot of times, in some of these federal grants, you don’t spend all that money in one year, so you have more money to spend the following year,” he said.

The district now has more information on what revenues and remaining funds are available than it did in June, Griffith said, which is why the final budget includes higher appropriations.

The district will end the year with a small cash balance under the budget approved Sept. 26, as long as the board later approves delaying the payment of employees’ final paychecks for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The 2011-2012 fiscal year includes an additional pay period, meaning employees would be paid 27 times rather than 26.

As part of a concessions package offered by the Westerville Education Association, Westerville teachers agreed to have their final paychecks delayed to keep the district solvent through the end of this year.

The board has not yet approved that change, Griffith said.