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N. Col. begins early budget talks

He added that the district can't even spend 25 percent the first year, being restricted to only being able to spend 15 percent, which amounts to $7,800 and that it had been codified into education law for schools to use the funding.

Corr did call the Education Jobs Fund Program that was passed in September "good news", but added that the district is still not sure of what strings may be attached to the funding. With $607 million awarded to the state, North Colonie will be receiving $1,019,934. The fund was meant to retain education jobs for the fiscal year, according to Corr.

After the presentation, community members we split into five different groups where they were asked questions on what they thought of the presentation, where they could find some common ground, what they disagreed on and what they would like to be done in the future to inform them of the progress being made with the budget.

Representatives from Capital Region BOCES reported back to all of those in attendance what they experienced in their groups after an hour's worth of deliberation. Many of them found that residents were happy about the quality of education provided by the North Colonie School district for such low property taxes. What many disagreed on was about what should be cut, wanting more transparency in the contacting process and didn't agree on employee salaries that increase from $39,822,550 to $43,010,169 from 2010-2010 through the 2013-2014 budget season.

Corr said the increase in salary is due to a step increase that is provided to public employees each year.

One Colonie resident, who has a 10 year old attending Maple Wood Elementary School, Chris Sevinsky, said he believes the current economic crisis is a short one that should be addressed through security measures such as increases in tax levies or in utilizing reserves for the short term in order to not disable important parts of the education system.

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