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May 13, 2013

Crown Point School budget under cap

CROWN POINT — The tax-levy increase in Crown Point Central School 2013-14 budget stays well under the district’s state limit.

The $1.54 million tax levy is up $28,645, a 1.89 percent increase over this year and far below the state formula of 5.9 percent for Crown Point.

Superintendent Shari Brannock said the five-year financial plan they developed at Crown Point has helped them control costs.

PLAN B, RETIREMENTS

“We changed to (BOCES) health insurance Plan B in 2012.

“Two years ago, we offered retirement incentives. We had five non-instructional retirements, and last year we had four teachers plus a teaching assistant retire.

“We replaced one higher-paid employee with a lower-paid employee, and some we did not replace.”

That all helped their bottom line, she said.

“With those strategies, we reduced costs.”

NO MAJOR CUTS

The new budget includes no staff or program cuts and keeps all sports and extracurricular programs in place.

The proposed spending plan includes staff raises of between 2 and 3 percent, Brannock said.

“I thank the staff and community for ideas and the board for doing things in the process.”

The budget includes funding for security and technology upgrades at the school, as well as a lease-purchase plan for two new school buses.

“We had a lot of difficult decisions to make the last few years. In general, things are going well. We’re stable fiscally; our programs are solid and quality.”

The budget totals $6.27 million, a 2.2 percent increase from the present school year. State aid increased by $147,000, to $4.05 million.

The tentative tax rate would be about $11.15 per $1,000 of assessed property value, up 21 cents from the previous budget.

LIBRARY BUDGET

The budget for Hammond Library, the town’s public library, is included in the school budget. It increased $3,500, to a total $37,000 for 2013-14.

The budget hearing is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the school library.

The budget vote and school election will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the school. From noon to 1:30 p.m., voting will be in the school entrance foyer, and from 1:30 to 8 p.m., it will be in the school cafeteria.

Crown Point has 274 students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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