By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — ST. REGIS FALLS — The St. Regis Falls Central School District’s proposed 2013-14 budget carries a tax-levy increase of 2.9 percent.
The overall budget is $7,760,909, down 0.59 percent.
The amount to be raised by taxes is $2,812,509, an increase of 2.9 percent from this year.
The district could have raised the levy 5.41 percent and still remained within the allowable limit for the tax cap, allowing for certain exemptions.
Superintendent Donna Andre said increases in health-insurance costs and retiree benefits drove up the budget again this year.
“And those are things we can’t control,” she said. “They increase every year.”
The district is using $11,620 in unrestricted fund balance to try to balance that to keep taxes down for property owners.
NO STAFF CUTS
The proposed budget does not include any staff cuts.
“Four years ago, a lot of cuts were made, sacrifices that helped in these changing times,” Andre said, adding that Brushton-Moira, the other district in her shared superintendency, will lose two elementary teachers through attrition and fill their jobs from within.
The tax rate per $1,000 of assessed-property value would be $17.62 in the Town of Dickinson, an increase of 51 cents per $1,000; $17.49 in the towns of Hopkinton and Santa Clara, up 51 cents; $18.61 in the Town of Lawrence, a hike of 54 cents; and $18.16 in the Town of Waverly, an increase of 52 cents.
Voters will be asked to approve a proposition to purchase a 66-passenger bus and an eight-passenger van at as cost not to exceed $113,895.
They will also elect members for the School Board. Incumbent Mickey Smith and Harry Ratcliffe are running for the two five-year seats.
A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school auditorium.
The budget vote is from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the High School library.
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