"Given this difficult economic climate, I think this outcome says a great deal about the level of support for the district, and, on behalf of the Board, I want to thank voters for this show of confidence," Lytle said. "I believe this is a sound budget. It maintains a strong academic program and provides the funding necessary to open Eagle and fulfill the community's investment in high quality facilities for our children. It also calls for the district to continue to make progress on holding the line on all spending, including special education and health insurance costs, a challenge we share with districts all over the state."
The new budget will mean a tax increase of $150 for a $200,000 homeowner in Bethlehem and a $184 increase for the same home in New Scotland. The tax rate for residents will increase from last year's rate of $18.09 per $1,000 of assessed value in Bethlehem to $18.84.
In New Scotland the tax rate will increase from $17.60 per $1,000 of assessed value to $18.52.