Mohon mulls $1.9M projected budget gap

Community budget forum focuses on 2.28 percent tax levy increase

— This left a consensus around another scenario of raising taxes right up to the tax levy limit, which is 2.3 percent for Mohonasen.

Under this scenario the district would still make nearly $1.4 million in budget reductions. The estimated impact on a home assessed at $100,000 would be an additional $35.50 increase in Rotterdam, $41 increase in Guilderland and a $52.50 increase in Colonie.

Mohonasen Board of Education President Dominic Cafarelli said he was “a little offended” to hear Gov. Andrew Cuomo say schools aren’t efficient. District officials have Mohonasen coming the seventh most efficient district in the state when it comes to per-pupil spending.

“For us to lose the kind of money we did is kind of unfair, but that is the hand we have been dealt and we have to deal with it,” Cafarelli said. “Sitting in the classroom tonight I think I heard a lot of great ideas … if we all work together I think we can accomplish many of our goals.

The second community budget forum will be held at the high school in the Farnsworth Technology Center on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with District Communications Coordinator Adrienne Leon by emailing aleon@mohonasen.org or calling 356-8250.

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