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Voorheesville Board of Education OKs $22.6M budget

Spending plan holds 3.23 percent tax hike; freshman basketball could be restored

The Voorheesville Board of Education adopted a 2013-14 budget on Tuesday, April 23, during a special meeting. From left, Superintendent Teresa Thayer Snyder, Board President Timothy Blow and Board Vice-President Cheryl Dozier.

The Voorheesville Board of Education adopted a 2013-14 budget on Tuesday, April 23, during a special meeting. From left, Superintendent Teresa Thayer Snyder, Board President Timothy Blow and Board Vice-President Cheryl Dozier. Photo by John Purcell.

— Superintendent Teresa Thayer Snyder said she understands the concern, but it seemed to be a way to “insulate teachers” from cuts.

“I hear you,” Snyder said. “We are worried about that, too.”

Board member Diana Straut stressed any restorations should go towards priorities identified by the board, such as freshman basketball.

“I just want to make sure that we restore purposefully with things that closely affect classrooms and kids,” Straut said.

Diefenbach told The Spotlight on Wednesday, April 24, the district was not prepared to offer figures on how the budget would increase tax rates for homeowners. He said district officials are hoping to present estimates at the board’s Monday, May 13, budget hearing.

“We will do our best to try and get the best numbers as possible,” he said.

Assessed property values aren’t known by the district until July, Diefenbach said, which is when the tax rate is calculated for municipalities.

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, May 21, to weigh in on Voorheesville’s 2013-14 budget from 2 to 9 p.m. in the middle school foyer. Voters will also be presented with two referendums alongside the budget. One referendum seeks approval to purchase two 60-passenger buses at $214,000 and the other to transfer up to $250,000 from unallocated fund balances to the repair reserve.

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