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May 11, 2014

Malone budget increases 2.86%

MALONE — Voters are being asked to approve a $47.6 million budget and a $15.9 million improvement project at Malone Central School District.

The overall budget proposal is for $47,600,410, an increase of 2.31 percent.

TAXES UP 2.86%

The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $13,001,847, an increase of 2.86 percent.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Franklin Academy auditorium.

The budget and referendum vote are being held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at the Franklin Academy gymnasium lobby.

The district intends to use $1 million in fund balance to help keep the tax increase down.

BENEFITS, STATE AID

According to a newsletter provided to residents, employee benefits will increase nearly $700,000 in the 2014-15 budget, and instructional expenses will rise $375,000 from this year.

The district expects to see a state-aid increase of $1.2 million in the coming year.

DISTRICT PROJECTS

A referendum is being offered to gain permission to purchase a cluster of old buildings near Franklin Academy from Franklin County for $30,000.

The district would tear many of the structures down and create a softball and soccer field on College Avenue.

A $6.5 million phase of the project would demolish the buildings, which formerly housed a deaf school and later a campus for North Country Community College.

The $9.5 million transportation-facility portion of the project includes upgrades at the bus garage, such as replacing rusted support beams, converting its heat source to natural gas, adding a vehicle-washing station and improving the bus lifts.

A proposition will also be offered for permission to purchase four propane-fueled buses at a cost not to exceed $480,000.

SCHOOL BOARD

District voters will also select School Board members that night.

Incumbent Arlie Collins in the only declared candidate for two open five-year positions.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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