Phoenixville School Board eyes $90M budget, 1.89%t tax hike

Posted May 17, 2017

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -Residents approved the City School District of New Rochelle's proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday by a vote of 2,035 (4.5%) to 719.

The projected total property tax levy for the district will increase by $304,525, up 2.15 percent to $14.5 million, below the state's manadated tax cap for the district.

"You do have a lot to say".

School Director Ken Wiltz said the personnel will need to be trained not to use what has been budgeted, but only what they need. The owner of a home assessed at the township average will pay $98 more in school taxes during the next year. The board is expected to vote on the budget at the May 18 meeting.

If the budget fails to pass, the Board of Education has a second shot and could opt to submit the same budget or revise it and submit it to voters.

The district had proposed a budget of $9,750,912 - a 0.85 percent increase. A proposition concerning funding for the Aurora Free Library and Hazard Library passed 378-130.

The board also approved the termination of a bus driver and a custodian.

Those schools will also receive renovations and updates to classrooms and other educational spaces. Michelle Lyon (364) and Jim Struble (334) won the two available three-years terms on the school board. Of the three candidates vying for the school board's only vacancy, Steven Smith was declared the victor, with 227 votes.

Similarly, Adams reports that while proposals in Wolf's budget would save Pottstown $700,000 a year in charter school tuition costs, "there is no movement to adopt a new formula for charter school tuition which would have reduced the inequities in the current formula".

The Marcellus Central School District budget passed 527-213. Voters approved the budget, with 272 voting in favor and 78 voting against. The proposed property tax levy would be $7.1 million, up $106,993, or 1.53 percent from the 2016-17 budget, which is within the NY state property tax cap for the district. Ann Marie Daum (289), Mary Seitz (275) and Daniel Testa (283) were elected to three-year terms on the school board.

District voters approved the $57.3 million spending plan for 2017-18 by a margin of 723 to 112.

Also approved Tuesday was a proposition allowing the district to redistribute the balance of a previously approved capital reserve fund to install and maintain a geothermal heating and cooling system as part of a planned school addition.

Judy Bodamer, director of finance for the district, said the budget is an increase of $1,408,145 and includes a tax rate of 22.12 mills. The county's hearings on the budget and tax rates were postponed in April when officials failed to post legal notice of the hearings in the county office building.

Todd McFee (179 votes), Jeffrey L. Jones (173) and David Przestrzelski (161) were all re-elected to three-year school board terms.

The Randolph Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $20,294,455 - a 19.20 percent increase from 2007-08. The budget has a zero percent spending increase and increases the property tax levy by 1 percent, - less than the NY state property tax cap for the district of 1.55 percent.