Additional state aid helps keep Willsboro levy down

WILLSBORO Willsboro Central School's board of education will place a $7,453,328 proposed budget for 2007-2008 before the district voters. The proposed budget is a 6.37 percent increase from the current budget, but additional state aid is expected to offset the increase. The levy or amount to be raised by taxes would increase $35,134, or less than one percent. School officials are projecting a tax rate decrease of .32 cents per thousand to $14.35. Our district budget committee and the board of education worked very hard to balance the educational needs of our school with fiscal responsibility to our community members, said School Superintendent Steven Broadwell. The school is expected to receive an additional 10 percent increase in state aid for 2007-2008. Much of the money will help fund the school's pre-kindergarten program. The increased state aid will help relieve some of the financial burden for our tax payers while providing quality educational opportunities for our students," said Broadwell. The proposed budget includes a new reading series for all students in grades PK-6, upgrading the playground equipment, creating a bowling team, and an elementary teacher to support instruction. The budget increase is also the result fixed costs associated with employee compensation, health insurance, and energy costs. The district has one candidate interested in serving as a board of education member, Bruce Hale, for the one seat vacated by current board member Michael McCauliffe. The budget hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The school will hold its budget vote on Tuesday, May 15 from noon-8 p.m. in the gymnasium. The school will also hold its annual spring concert that evening.

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