Tax increase expected in Charleroi School District budget

by Ben Pena May 17, 2017, 13:01
Tax increase expected in Charleroi School District budget

Shelter Island voters are going to the polls today at the school gymnasium to weigh in on a proposed $11.3 million school district budget; a proposition on extending the distance for district-paid busing from 15 to 16.5 miles to reach Our Lady of the Hamptons School; and selection of three Board of Education members. The budget increases the tax levy 1.51 percent to $14.4 million compared to last year's $14.2 million. They selected incumbent Board of Education member Vincent Cancemi with 872 votes, according to unofficial ballot numbers provided by the district. Richard Carlson, the current board president, received 294 votes and was not re-elected.

Levesque told residents at the district budget meeting that she technically is retired and only an interim superintendent, but has been doing the job of high school and junior high school principal as well, without health care benefits from the district. Spending would increase by 1.62 percent.

Bodamer said an anticipated shortfall in revenue is expected to come largely from lower state and federal subsidies and grants.

In the Southern Cayuga Central School District, Christine Brozon (340) and Mike Huber (221) were elected to the two open three-year seats on the school board.

Casey and Hoffman will serve three year, unpaid, terms starting July 1.

A glance at the bottom line of the preliminary budget presented last week shows a modest cut of just $8,366 to the General fund when compared to the published 2016-17 budget, and also a $20,876 decrease in the bottom line of the Capital Outlay budget compared to prior year.

Among the other votes closely watched was in the Fairport School District, where the proposed budget cut 38 positions including 26 teachers. It restricts school districts and municipalities to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

PHOENIXVILLE Despite some school officials saying they thought there was still some work to do, it appears property owners in the Phoenixville Area School District should get ready for another tax hike. The three propositions were also approved, with the bus passing 405-128, capital reserve, 375-156 and capital project. David Harvatine received 216 votes, and Dean Winspear received 176.

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The library budget passed with 2,083 votes (4.6%).

Unadilla Valley's budget and buses votes passes 206-59 and 213-51, respectively, and the thee school board seats went to Victoria Gregory, Charles Jenison and Kimberly Murray, with 185, 173 and 124 votes, respectively.

Spending for the district increased by about $1.1 million. A proposition to purchase four school buses passed 545-195. James MacFadden was the only candidate for school board and got 110 votes.

The second phase of a long-term plan to renovate and upgrade district schools will turn the attention to elementary schools.

In Utica, voters will decide on a $173 million budget that contains no property tax increase.

In addition, the Northville Public Library budget passed, 244-132.

If a second vote is held on the budget, it would be on June 20th. If the proposed rate is approved at the board's meeting next month, the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 would have an annual tax bill of $2,535, up $40 from this year.

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