Proposed BASD budget has no tax increase

In Carmel, voters approved the district's budget by a margin of 917-635 while in Mahopac voters overwhelmingly approved the 2017-18 budget by a tally of 1,251-584 as well as supplemental propositions for new buses and energy improvement initiatives.

In addition to K-8 school taxes, a property owner in Howell also pays municipal taxes, Freehold Regional High School District taxes, Monmouth County taxes, a fire district tax and other assessments.

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The Frewsburg Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $18,217,558 - a 36.15 percent increase from 2007-08. The district is estimating that this would result in an annual property tax increase of $53.26 for a home valued at $200,000.

A glance at the bottom line of the preliminary budget presented last week shows a modest cut of just $8,366 to the General fund when compared to the published 2016-17 budget, and also a $20,876 decrease in the bottom line of the Capital Outlay budget compared to prior year. Patrons also expressed a desire for more transparency in the district and better communication between the public and the board. The tax levy is $1 million under the state's tax cap.

Proposition 4, to allocate $16,198 to the Frothingham Free Library in Fonda, passed, 389-57.

As part of the meeting's consent agenda, board members approved a number of resignations/retirements from classified employees, including: Lori Libra (Technology and Data Coordinator), Kelly Harkless (Administrative Secretary), Dawn Crossman (Paraprofessional), Annie Nelson (Paraprofessional), Nikki Shaw (Title 7 Liaison) and Zachariah Priem (Custodian). These cost increases represent budget growth of 1.11 percent.

Sanctis waiting with others to vote this afternoon
Sanctis waiting with others to vote this afternoon

Those schools will also receive renovations and updates to classrooms and other educational spaces. For the board candidates, Penny Barry got 189 votes, write-in candidate Susan Hrovat got 132 votes, and Darren Wilson got 92 votes.

Gould said the district could take money from the unallocated fund balance to cover the cost. Michelle Isabella (239) finished third. The proposed property tax levy would be $7.1 million, up $106,993, or 1.53 percent from the 2016-17 budget, which is within the NY state property tax cap for the district.

The largest spending plan, $162.7 million, in the Lakeland School District, which spans over six towns, including Cortlandt, Somers and Yorktown, easily passed the muster with voters, 915-255.

Proposition 2, to use $270,000 from the district's bus purchase reserve fund for the purchase of new school vehicles, passed with 155 yes votes.

Judy Bodamer, director of finance for the district, said the budget is an increase of $1,408,145 and includes a tax rate of 22.12 mills. That is less than the 6.25 percent increase NY state's property tax cap would have allowed for this year.

Todd McFee (179 votes), Jeffrey L. Jones (173) and David Przestrzelski (161) were all re-elected to three-year school board terms. The first is dealing with the financial shortage from the construction bond that will leave schools unfinished and the second is to establish more financial accountability in the district. David Locastro (504) and Margaret Vensel (612) were elected to three-year terms on the school board.

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