LLCS lowers budget, tax levy likely up 5.6 percent

LONG LAKE - Long Lake Central School has proposed a flat 2009-10 budget without requiring drastic cuts to staffing or programming.

The proposed $3.76 million budget is a 0.019 percent decrease from 2008-09, according to LLCS Business Administrator Viki Snide.

"This is where being a small school can help," Snide said. "We can make things work without drastic cuts."

The total amount to be raised by taxes would increase 5.6 percent over the previous budget to $2,608,318 - a difference of $139,182 over the 08-09 total tax levy.

Although an ongoing town-wide re-evaluation makes an estimate of the likely tax rate sketchy at best, Snide said that it would likely drop from $5.60 per $1,000 of assessed value to $3.66.

One elementary teaching position was cut through attrition, Acting Superintendent Tisha White said. Further, savings were found in reduced fuel expenses and reductions in teacher's retirement compensation rates.

Last Month, Superintendent Kevin Crampton was placed on leave by the board of education. School officials declined comment about the issue, stating that the school is currently in negotiations with Crampton.

White has been appointed the acting superintendent by the Board of Education.

"The board's goal was to keep a flat budget," White said. "They gave very clear directives to the business administrator - Viki did a stellar job."

White said that minor cuts were made to some programs, but nothing that would effect the viability of the programming.

"I believe this is a more than acceptable budget," White said. "We kept it flat while avoiding layoffs or programming cuts."

Citizens will vote on the proposed budget May 19 from 2-8 p.m. at the school.

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