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Tax increase expected in Charleroi School District budget

17 May 2017

During a candidate forum last month patrons expressed lingering concerns over board accountability after the district fell short $15 million due to miscalculations when it passed a $37 million bond issue to build new schools and renovate others. This will raise the tax levy increase by 2.89 percent, below the legal limit set by the state.

The district's $73.5 million 2017-18 spending plan passed by a vote of 774-445.

School officials said 63 affidavit votes would be verified on Wednesday and a victor would be declared. The tax rate will remain level over last year's numbers, about $19.43 per $1,000 in assessed valuation.

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.

Albion voters elected Wayne Wadhams and Kathy Harling to five-year terms with 513 and 491 votes respectively.

Proposition 2, to purchase four 66-passenger buses at a maximum cost of $474,612, - 75.2 percent paid for by NY state - passed, 676-261.

"In the past, sometimes when they've been late, we get it at the start of the next school year", Hansen said.

The Sherman Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $9,998,333 -a 28.63 percent increase from 2007-08. The board wants to avoid raising prices for the next school year, and the matter will be discussed again at Monday's meeting. Current Board Members Gina Terbot and Darren Sneed won re-election 752 and 750 votes respectively. About 95% of registered voters did not for a school board candidate.

The Frewsburg Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $18,217,558 - a 36.15 percent increase from 2007-08.

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As part of the meeting's consent agenda, board members approved a number of resignations/retirements from classified employees, including: Lori Libra (Technology and Data Coordinator), Kelly Harkless (Administrative Secretary), Dawn Crossman (Paraprofessional), Annie Nelson (Paraprofessional), Nikki Shaw (Title 7 Liaison) and Zachariah Priem (Custodian).

District officials have said the project - largely thanks to a high state reimbursement rate - will result in "no increase" in local taxes.

Franklin, the only school in our area that surpassed its budget cap, easily passed its budget, 128-36.

The fact the district is able to maintain services means there will be minimal impact for parents of students who attend the district schools, Briggs added. Going over the limit would require the approval of 60 percent of voters, which is not necessary with this budget.

Proposition 3, to create a capital reserve fund to finance construction projects for the general improvement, reconstruction or renovations to the district's buildings passed, 354-89.

These costs are contributing to a 1.2 percent increase in the budget.

The education fund will have a surplus of about $700,000, with a projected ending fund balance of about $5.2 million.

Among the revenue sources is $1.3 million from "gambling money" or state funding collected from casinos to defray property tax costs, according to Stan Johnson, executive director of operations. David Locastro (504) and Margaret Vensel (612) were elected to three-year terms on the school board.

Tax increase expected in Charleroi School District budget