VOORHEESVILLE — The Voorheesville Central School District Board of Education is proposing a 2017–18 budget of $24.2 million — an increase of $391,189, or 1.64 percent
The estimated tax levy will be $17. 2 million, a 2 percent increase from 2016–17. The district’s tax cap maximum is 2.38 percent, according to the state formula.
The proposed budget would use $300,000 of the district’s general fund balance, compared to $325,000 in 2016-17 and $700,000 in 2013-14. Along with the budget proposal, the district is also putting forth a ballot proposition to begin saving $2 million for a 2020 capital improvements plan.
The proposed budget preserves all current programs and services and adds two new full-time and two part-time educational positions as well as an educational coordinator position.
Any surplus fund balance at the end of June 2017, beyond a 4 percent fund balance limit, including a $55,000 increase in state aid approved by the state Legislature, will be placed in the capital reserve — if approved by voters — to prepare for the 2020 capital project.
A hearing will be held in the high school library on Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. The vote will be held on May 16 in the Middle School foyer from 2 to 9 p.m.
In addition to the budget and capital reserve fund proposition, district voters will decide on a proposition to purchase two 60-passenger school buses for no more than $230,000 and vote to fill two open seats on the Board of Education — President Cheryl Dozier and Trustee James Coffin will both see their four-year terms expire in June. Coffin is running for re-election and Robert J. Samson will also be seeking a board seat.