By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — BOMBAY — The Salmon River Central School Board is using about $670,000 in fund balance in its 2013-14 budget, and the tax levy will increase by 2 percent if voters OK it in May.
The overall proposed budget is $29,076,511, an increase of 5.01 percent.
The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $1,950,881.
The tax rate per $1,000 of assessed-property value would go to $12.01 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 23 cents from the rate of $11.78 this school year.
A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the High School auditorium.
Voting will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, also in the auditorium.
District Business Executive Natascha Jock said the cost of employee health insurance will increase 5 percent in 2013-14.
That, combined with retirement contributions for members of the district’s two unions, totals $1 million, “which is 51 percent of the $1.9 million tax levy,” she said.
Salmon River did see an increase in state aid, which meant the district could use less fund balance in crafting a budget and still remain within the mandated property-tax cap.
Because of certain exemptions and allowable deductions, the district could have raised the tax levy 11.37 percent and still remained within the cap, “but we didn’t want to go that far,” Jock said.
In addition to the budget, residents will also be asked to select two School Board candidates for five-year terms to fill the seats held by Board President Judy Stark and Vice President Emily Lauzon, who are both seeking re-election.
Jock said a third board seat was recently vacated when Clarrisa Chatland resigned after taking a new job that left her less time to serve.
“But it was too late to include it in this election, so the board will have to decide if it will hold a special election or appoint someone,” Jock said.
Chatland’s term expires in 2015.
A proposition will also go to voters to purchase two school buses at a cost not to exceed $210,000. Another one, on the ballot every other year, asks whether a non-voting, student representative can serve on the School Board.
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