Dollars & Cents: The Budget in ‘General’
The West Des Moines Community Schools has a combined budget totaling approximately $150 million dollars. The budget is divided into 10 separate funds as required by Iowa law. Iowa law also directs where the revenue for each one of these funds comes from and how the money can be spent.
At $98 million, the General Fund is the largest of the district’s 10 funds and nearly all operating costs are paid from this account. Below is a snapshot of the sources of revenue for the General Fund and what that revenue purchases.