Employees in the Wichita school district will be receiving a raise, and the mill levy will decrease, as part of the new budget.

The USD 259 Board of Education approved the $683.8 million 2014-15 budget unanimously during a regular meeting Monday night. The plan lowers the local property tax rate to 3.6 mills, or about $41 dollars on a $100,000 home.

The district will be using general fund dollars to fund a two-percent raise for staff, including Superintendent John Allison's salary.

Susan Arensman, USD 259 spokeswoman, said a change in the school finance law loosened some restrictions on how capital outlay dollars can be spent. The district will use $10.9 million from capital, instead of the general fund, to allow general fund monies to be used for other purposes. That includes raises to staff, Arensman said.