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Budget Overview

The approved budget for this school year (2016-2017) is $1.3 billion. That includes:

  • $698 million in operational funds
  • $350 million in capital funds
  • $82 million from federal, state & local grants
  • $51 million for food services
  • $19 million for transportation
  • $6 million for instructional materials
  • $134 million for debt service

Operational vs. Other Funds

Day-to-day expenses – everything from employee salaries and benefits to utilities, supplies and maintenance – are paid for with operational funds, 97 percent of which come from the state.

Capital Funds
Voters approve property taxes to pay for new school construction, renovations, repairs and technology. By law, these funds cannot be used to cover operational costs such as teacher salaries and benefits.

APS receives federal, state, city and private grants that have specified uses. They may be used for salaries and benefits of employees providing those services. Grants usually have an expiration date.

Food Services
APS Food and Nutrition Services, which provides breakfast and lunch for students, is operated under the federally-funded National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act and the National School Breakfast Act.

The state provides funding for buses. APS operates most of those buses and also hires contractors to get students to and from school.

Instructional Materials
Each year, the state provides funding for textbooks and other instructional materials.