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Bethlehem Central’s $90.4M budget below tax cap

Board of Education cuts $220k, including freshman level sport teams

Bethlehem Board of Education members listen to the public comment on the proposed 2013-14 budget, which it adopted later that meeting by 6-1.

Bethlehem Board of Education members listen to the public comment on the proposed 2013-14 budget, which it adopted later that meeting by 6-1. Photo by John Purcell.

— “The last couple of years we have been slaughtering the elementary programs,” she said.

Stever said cuts would have been deeper if the district had not received a late increase in state aid.

The adopted budget increases year-to-year spending by 2.51 percent, or $2.35 million. The district’s tax cap was at 3.64 percent. Last year, the district put forward a budget above the tax cap.

“As a board we came together and came up with the best budget that we could using the reserves that we have and with the increase in state aid we were able to minimize the cuts that we had to make,” Downey said after the meeting.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for the Board of Education meeting Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. District residents can vote on the proposed 2013-14 budget Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the high school.

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