WILLSBORO -- Property taxpayers in Willsboro School District will see a slight decrease in the tax levy for 2008-09.

The budget is up 3.83 percent to $7,737,440 for next year, but the levy -- the amount to be raised by taxes -- is down .67 percent.

The estimated tax rate is projected to decrease by $1.25 to $11.74 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

"We were fortunate to receive additional state aid of approximately 6 percent to offset rising costs of health insurance, energy costs and fuel," Superintendent Steve Broadwell said.

"This additional state aid will help alleviate some of the financial burden to the district taxpayers.

"This budget reflects the lowest budget percentage increase and levy change in the past five years. The budget committee and Board of Education worked hard to be fiscally conservative this year while maintaining our solid educational programs for students."

Among the expenditures are resealing of the parking lot at a cost of $10,000 and $43,500 for textbooks, including an upgrading of secondary English books.

The district will buy a new school bus for $92,000, but that will be reimbursed by state aid.

Three public budget presentations are planned: 6 p.m. May 7 at the Kiwanis meeting; 7 p.m. May 8 at the Essex Town Council meeting and 7 p.m. May 13 at Willsboro Central School.

Voting will be noon to 8 p.m. May 20 in the school gym.

Scott Hommes, Craig Jackson and Andrea Robare are vying for the two open three-year posts on the School Board.

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