Press-Republican

May 17, 2014

Westport Central levy within tax cap

By ALVIN REINER, Press-Republican
Press-Republican

---- — 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.”     

 BOCES SERVICES

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.

 BUS PROPOSITION

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.

Email Alvin Reiner: rondackrambler@yahoo.com