SCOTIA: District begins to build budget

Items that may influence the budget include contractual costs, salaries, benefits, BOCES expenditures, utilities and fuel costs. Budget talks will continue over the next two months before being put to a vote in May.

"We don't just pull items from out of the air. These are well-thought-out strategic goals. When we think about budget focus, we think continuous as year-to-year. We don't recreate goals every year, we re-evaluate and fine tune," said Swartz.

There are several propositions expected to be on the agenda this year, including one for a $1.5 million reserve fund and one for authorizing the purchase of three additional school buses at the cost of $135,000.

"We will continue to help our community to understand and support the budget," said Swartz.""

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