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April 27, 2013

Brushton-Moira school tax may rise 4.97 percent

BRUSHTON — Taxes will increase 4.97 percent in the Brushton-Moira Central School District if voters approve the 2013-14 budget adopted by the School Board.

The overall budget is $16,906,875, an increase of 1.14 percent from this year.

The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $2,816,370, an increase of 4.97 percent.

The average tax rate per $1,000 of assessed-property value is $17.23 compared to an average of $16.19 this year.

The Town of Moira is conducting a townwide revaluation to bring its properties to 100 percent of their fair-market value, which impacts school taxes in that community more than others in the Brushton-Moira district.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, and the budget vote is from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the auditorium.

BUS PURCHASE

Residents will also be asked to approve a proposition to purchase two 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $205,580.

And two seats on the School Board, held by George Martin and Joey St. Mary, are set to expire.

Petitions for anyone interested running for one of the three-year seats are due back to the District Office on Wednesday, April 22.

District Shared Business Manager Susan Perkins said $605,469 in unrestricted fund balance is being applied to the budget, leaving an estimated $1.2 million in reserve.

POSITIONS CUT

She said no staff positions will be eliminated, but two teaching positions will be lost through attrition. One is for second grade, and the other is fifth grade.

Perkins said the School Board is still debating how the remaining staff will be shuffled.

“There will be cost savings due to these changes, but we just can’t say yet how much until we make those decisions,” she said.

The district will also be saving on the cost of its special-education programs because it will keep its special-needs students in-house rather than contracting with another district for that service, she said.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressreapublican.com

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