School budgets, boards, propositions up for vote Tuesday

  • School budgets, boards, propositions up for vote Tuesday

School budgets, boards, propositions up for vote Tuesday

This is the fourth straight year the district's tax levy is below the state's increase cap, so homeowners will be eligible for a state property tax rebate, sent directly to homeowners in the fall of 2017. Pittsford is one of the districts seeking a tax cap override, in part to help pay for the move to full-day kindergarten.

That will partially cover the proposed $2.5 million increase in spending over the current year's budget, an increase of 4.15 percent, according to the budget book, presented by Business Manager Linda Adams.

LeRoy has a budget of 24 and a half-million dollars, a tax levy increase of 5 and a half percent.

The board held the first of two public hearings on the budget, which calls for $115.1 million in spending, up from $112 million in the current fiscal year.

Voters of this village showed strong support for the Lake Placid Central School District at the ballot box Tuesday as they passed its capital project and budget proposals by wide margins.

School budget votes and board elections results have begun rolling in, with voters approving budgets in East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Wainscott, whose polls all closed 8 p.m.

In addition to the budget, voters approved a bus purchase proposition for $1,090,000 (1,007 to 346).

Voters also approved, in a vote of 241 to 96, a proposition allowing East Hampton to establish a capital reserve fund for future districtwide improvements related to growing enrollment, property acquisition, and the replacement of technology and telecommunications equipment, infrastructure, and software. She said Eastland has been a wonderful place to be.

The projected total property tax levy for the district will increase by $304,525, up 2.15 percent to $14.5 million, below the state's manadated tax cap for the district. Under plans presented to the school board in March, classrooms will be better organized and grouped by grade level; hallways will be extended; secure entranceways will be established; and classroom spaces will be updated to improve layout, appearance and acoustics. Smith discussed these possible cuts at a recent school board meeting, which included cutting four teaching positions. She will retire October 31, after 39 years with the district. But it must appear in the 2017-18 budget.

For the 2017-18 school year, rather than pre-identifying make up days, the calendar instead states, "if needed, storm days will be made up at the discretion of the school board". Also when looking at vacation days during the second semester next year, students will get back the President's Day holiday on February 19, as well as an additional day over Easter (March 29-April 2) for a total of five days off for the holiday.

"We're full as of this morning", she said. The budget has a zero percent spending increase and increases the property tax levy by 1 percent, - less than the NY state property tax cap for the district of 1.55 percent.

Edward Levinstein, an associate dean at GCC, is the only candidate for a five-year term on the board of education.

Special education costs are also increasing at what the district describes as an "unsustainable" rate.

Voter turnout increased this year. To view the budget, go to eastland308.com under District Info.