May 21, 2013

Westport Central meets tax-levy cap


---- — WESTPORT — Staff and programs remain intact in Westport Central School’s proposed 2013-14 budget.

That had been touch-and-go earlier in the process.

“This has been a very difficult budget year,” Superintendent John Gallagher said. “We have used about $132,000 in fund balance to reduce the tax levy. We will be unable to do this next year.” 

The total budget of $5,505,000 is up about $97,000 — 1.79 percent — over this school year. 

The tax levy of $3,374,857 has increased $125,203, or 3.85 percent, coming in at the allowable state cap amount.

If voters OK the budget today, the tax rate per $1,000 assessed value would be $14.22, up about 53 cents over this year. 

A taxpayer with property assessed at $100,000 would pay $1,422 in 2013-14. 

The district may have to make some adjustments to sports, clubs and field trips, Gallagher noted.

Higher costs next school year include BOCES services, up $30,523; Employees Retirement System, up $7,552; and Teachers Retirement System, up $77,476. 

Teachers agreed to a less expensive health plan that, Gallagher said, brings “significant savings.”

It also helped that state aid came in at $62,183 more than 2012-13.


Westport Central offers a full slate of other activities on election day, with a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m.; the Westport Central School Art Show and Eagle Pride Taco Dinner, both at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria; and the John Geyer Instrumental Concert in the auditorium at 6 p.m., followed by the class of 2016’s Ice Cream Social.

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