E'town-Lewis proposes $7.5 million plan

ELIZABETHTOWN The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School board has put together a proposed budget of $7,462,430, up $420,349 from the current year's budget. Superintendent Gail Else said the budget had "no big surprises" in it. "It's a responsible budget watching out for the taxpayers while able to maintain the programming for the students," said Else. Due to increased state aid projected at $3,789,0444 the budget increase will see 2.9 percent increase in the levy (amount to be raised by taxes), or $85,612. Using 2006-2007 assessment numbers, the projected tax rate is $15.02 per thousand of assessed value. The 5.9 percent increase is due to two retirements, rises in health care and special education costs. William Haseltine, the current board president, is running unopposed for re-election. The public hearing on the budget will be Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30p.m. In the conference room. Voter registration will take place the same day, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. District residents will vote in the lobby from noon-8 p.m. On May 15.

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