S. Colonie hosts budget forum

The district held its first budget discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 13, drawing in a crowd with questions about the sections of the budget that cover transportation and operations and maintenance. Director of Transportation Peter Tunny presented the public with a proposed budget in the transportation department of $4,328,488 -- a 3.58 percent increase over last year's $4,178.767 budget.

Tunny said a good portion of the budget comes from unfunded state mandates, and that the district has no power over having to include the mandates in the budget.

In the future, Tunny said, the district's budget will start to see the impact of even more unfunded mandates, including the addition of a left stop-arm to all school buses. ""

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