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Voorheesville schools to stay under cap

Board eyes 3.2 percent tax levy increase, around $450k in reductions

— The proposed 3.2 percent property tax levy increase requires the board to cut around $465,000 for a total budget of $22.4 million.

Reductions won’t dig quite as deep as initially thought because the state is halting the reamortization of building aid until next school year. The change would have the state providing less funding towards bonded capital projects, because the rate districts pay has reduced. This adds around $80,000 back into the 2013-14 budget.

The proposed reductions include eliminating one bus route and cutting field trips by 50 percent for a $40,750 savings; reducing summer curriculum and mentoring by around $37,000; achieving health insurance savings totaling $110,000; reducing equipment purchases by 50 percent for almost $60,000 in savings; and eliminating freshman basketball, among other reductions totaling around $440,000.

The remaining cuts could come from staffing and programs and are still under review. Board members seemed to desire any additional savings realized before adoption of the budget to go towards reinstalling cuts and not to lower the tax levy increase.

The Voorheesville Board of Education is holding a 2013-14 Budget discussion Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., and it is scheduled to adopt a budget Tuesday, April 23.

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