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MCS Board of Ed proposes 3.4 percent tax hike, cuts phys ed

MINERVA - The Minerva Central School Board of Education has adopted a proposed budget which features a cut of the enrichment program as a means to off-set rising costs of salaries, upgraded student management software and special education programming.

The $5.24 million proposed 2009-10 budget has an increase of $45,547 over the current year, Minerva Central School Superintendent Tim Farrell said. This constitutes an increase of 0.88 percent.

The tax levy would increase from $3.17 million to $3.28 million - an increase of 3.4 percent, Farrell said.

"Last year we reduced our foreign language component and this year our physical education is taking a hit," Farrell said. "The difficult part is finding the right balance."

The school had previously budgeted for two new physical education teachers, but this has been reduced to a single full-time position and a part-time position.

A part-time enrichment position would also be axed.

"We have to maintain the program quality," Farrell said.

With Minerva and Chester both at 100 percent valuation, the projected tax rate is expected to increase from $10.74 per $1,000 of assessed value to $11.11.

A public hearing to address the budget will be on May 12 at 7 p.m. and the vote will be on May 19 from 1-8 p.m.

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