Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 4/30/2018 7:00:00 PM
On Tuesday, May 15th school district residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed 2018-19 school budget. The district strives to provide our students with a quality instructional program and a variety of extra-curricular programs such as those highlighted in this newsletter. The budget proposal reflects the careful consideration of the programmatic needs of the district while continuing to balance the need for fiscal responsibility and accountability to our taxpayers.
The proposed 2018-19 budget is $17,741,437 which represents an overall decrease in spending of $476,151 or (-2.61%) from last year. This year, our district is also benefitting from a very slight increase in state aid. This decrease in spending and slight increase in state aid allows us to remain slightly below the allowable tax levy cap of 2.4%. The 2018-19 tax levy represents an increase of 2.36%. Because the District is staying under the property tax levy cap, eligible homeowners will receive a rebate check from NYS Tax and Finance next fall.
Also on the May 15, 2018 ballot will be a proposition seeking voter approval to expend a gross sum not to exceed $189,044 from the Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of funding the District’s portion of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus- BOCES Capital Project. This is the final payment of two installments that the district is required to make. By using the funds from the Capital Reserve Fund, there will be no impact to taxpayers. Should you have any questions regarding this important proposition, please feel free to call me at (716) 569-7041.
Proposition #3 will be seeking voter approval to purchase three (3) diesel powered buses. Continuing to replace our buses on an established replacement cycle provides us with good trade-in value. This value, couple with state contract pricing, allows the district to be fiscally responsible to its taxpayers while maintaining a safe and reliable bus fleet.
In addition, voters will have the opportunity to select two (2) candidates to serve on the Board of Education.
We are pleased to present the spending proposal contained on the following pages for your consideration. The school district budget vote is Tuesday, May 15th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the lobby of the new gym. Please exercise your right to vote.