DCS budget includes 10.2 percent tax increase

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Dundee School Board faces a budget building season that begins with  a quarter of a percent increase in spending — $34,373. The problem is that relatively modest increase is tied to a projected tax increase of 10.2 percent.

“It looks rosy on the spending side, but not so rosy on the revenue side,” said Business Manager Melissa Lawson , who provided an overview of the preliminary budget at the board’s Feb. 10 meeting.

She said the district will be getting its first state building aid payment on the current capital project, which buffers the impact of other cuts in state aid.

Total overall spending is projected to be $13,883,227, up from $13,848,854.

The general instruction portion of the budget is estimated to increase $4.59 percent to $3.697 million.

The board asked Lawson and Superintendent Kathy Ring to develop a list of budget adjustments that could result in cuts to the budget.

Board President Joseph Capurso suggested the board may need to consider using more fund balance to offset the tax increase.

Lawson said Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget is a multi-year plan that could have a bigger impact on the 2012-13 year. “We need to be mindful of what’s coming down the road,” she said.

The school board and administrators will continue the budget process in upcoming meetings.

Other items on the board’s agenda Feb. 10 included:

• COMMUNITY FORUMS: Ring reported that two community forums are being organized. One will be held in March and will feature a representative from the New York State Police speaking on substance abuse. The other, to be held in April  will feature an expert who will address internet safety. Earlier in the meeting, representatives from the school’s Natural Helpers reported on the group’s November retreat when discussions about some of the difficult issues and challenges teens face.

• MEETING: The board’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 10 in the public meeting room.