WESTPORT— Westport Central School District’s proposed budget shows a 1.51 percent tax levy increase over this year’s.
The total budget amounts to $5,760,000, up $255,000, or 4.63 percent.
This includes a tax levy of $3,425,747, a 1.51 percent increase of $50,990.
“This has been a very difficult budget year,” Westport Central Superintendent Dr. John Gallagher said. “We have used $138,926 in fund balance to reduce the tax levy.
“However, we were able to preserve programs and not reduce staff.”
The proposed tax rate per $1,000 assessed value is $14.77, an increase of 22 cents per $1,000.
The total of taxable assessed value based on the 2013 tax rolls for the district stands at $231,983,893, with an additional tax-exempt land total amounting to $41,748,221.
A property assessed at $150,000 would see an approximate tax increase of $26.38 over this school year.
The major increases in the budget include BOCES services, up from $827,243 to $990,583, an increase of $163,340, and New York State Teachers Retirement System contributions, set to rise $27,391 from $324,702 this year for a 2014-15 total of $352,093 in the new budget.
“We budgeted for additional CV-TEC students based upon anticipated student interest,” Gallagher said.
There are no changes in the academic program for the upcoming year. Co-curricular activity funding has been reinstated for some uses, including Talent Show adviser and senior play adviser.
The proposed budget, a 65-passenger bus and authorization to use $105,685 from the bus reserve fund to pay for it in full will be presented to the voters from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Incumbent School Board member Sue Russell seeks re-election without challenge.
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