Mohon adopts $44M budget

Spending plan calls for 2.3 percent tax levy increase within tax cap

— Mohonasen would lose 18 full-time equivalent positions next school year under the proposed budget as spending increases by $1.2 million, or 2.75 percent.

The Mohonasen Board of Education on Monday, April 16, adopted a $44.1 million 2012-13 budget with a tax levy increase of 2.28 percent that remains under the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit. The district is estimated to see an increase of state aid around $565,000, with the budget using a total of nearly $18 million.

The average homeowner in Rotterdam with a home assessed at $150,000 would see a $52.50 increase in their taxes, bringing the total year’s tax to around $2,385, according to district officials. The 2012-13 estimated tax rate for Rotterdam is estimated to equal $15.89 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Guilderland homeowners with an assessment of $150,000 would see an increase of $61.50 per year to bring the total tax to around $2,768. Colonie homeowners with the same assessed value would see an increase of $79.50 per year totaling $3,535.

The spending plan eliminates 13.3 full-time equivalent teaching positions, which include six FTE elementary positions, 0.2 FTE in art, 0.6 FTE in physical education and health, 0.8 FTE in technology, 0.8 FTE in foreign language, 1.2 FTE in science, 0.5 FTE in reading and one FTE from math, social studies, music and English. There will be a restoration of 0.8 FTE positions across the high school to address class size and electives.

Outside of teaching cuts, one administration position and four support staff positions are eliminated in the budget.

Class sizes are also planned to increase across K-12. Project enrollment for kindergarten is also set to see a slight decrease of four students to a total of 180. Kindergarten would have one less section next school year and projected class sizes would increase by around two students to a total of 22.5 students per section.

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