GCS budget, board vote Tuesday

G ranville School District residents who want to have a say in this year’s budget and board of education can cast their ballot in next week’s vote on Tuesday, May 21.

The proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year is $25,071,050, which is an increase of $485,175 from last year. The tax levy, or amount of revenue raised in school taxes, will increase 2.5 percent. The levy increase of $166,547 combined with last year’s levy brings the total tax levy to $6,828,419.

The 1.97 percent increase will remain within the New York state 2 percent tax cap. At a meeting last month, District Business Manager Cathy Somich said the largest increases in the budget were teacher pension and health insurance, which added up to half a million dollars. Teach retirement costs, for example, increased by almost 5 percent from 11.84 to 16.25 percent.

Also on Tuesday, residents will have the opportunity to select several members for the board of education. Four candidates are vying for only three slots; incumbents Kevin Ely, Eric Scribner and Dale Olsen are running as well as former board member Audrey Hicks.

The district has another proposition as well, which is to purchase two 65 passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $207,806, according to a budget newsletter. Officials said about 90 percent, or $197,025, will be reimbursed from state transportation aid, which means the district would pay only $20,781 over a span of five years.

Officials said the buses to be replaced are about 10 years old and have high mileage.

The vote will take place on Tuesday in the Junior / Senior High School auditorium from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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