Dundee School tax levy hike is 3.9 percent

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

When Dundee Central School residents vote on the proposed school budget May 20, they will decide the fate of a spending plan that calls for a 3.9 percent increase of the total amount to be raised by taxes.

The budget calls for total spending of $16,551,960, an increase of $1.482 million or nearly 10 percent. The district will use $1.619 million in reserved funds to keep the tax levy increase under 4 percent, according to Business Manager Melissa Lawson, who presented the spending plan at the board’s April 10 meeting.

Lawson says the district is serving an increased number of students who require special education services, which resulted in increased costs during the current year.

Mandated costs are increasing by over 12 percent with health insurance premiums contributing over $575,000 to the increase.

Other increased costs are found in the employee and teacher retirement systems.

Because this budget is considered “freeze compliant,” eligible taxpayers whose primary residence is located in the school district will be allowed a credit against their tax bill.

If voters decline the proposed budget, the board can adopt a budget with no increase in the tax levy or it can present another budget to voters for approval. If the voters reject the plan twice, the district must adopt a budget with no increase in the tax levy.

The budget will be presented at a public hearing at 6 p.m. May 6, when a meet the candidates night will be held.

A proposition establishing funding for the Dundee Library will also be on the Dundee ballot May 20.

Other business on the board’s agenda included:

• RECOGNITION: The board congratulated the newest inductees into the National Honor Society: Alyssa Pollack, Cara Booth, Cole Hartman, Christopher Knapp, Kayla Meyers, Tiffany Simmons, Nolleen Whetham, Justin Allen, Mayce Goodman, Jeanette Jayne and Nick Sebring.

• APPOINTMENT: The board appointed Sheldon Gibson as Athletic Director for the 2014-15 school year.