Moriah voters approve $13.9 million spending plan

PORT HENRY - Moriah Central School District voters have approved the 2009-10 budget May 19.

By a count of 357-211 residents approved a $13.9 million budget for next year that raises local taxes 2 percent while cutting several positions.

The 2009-10 Moriah budget totals $13,954,939, an increase of 4.5 percent from the current budget of $13,354,617.

The 2009-10 tax levy is $3,554,952, an increase of 2.08 percent from the present levy of $3,482,452.

Actual tax rates are unknown because Moriah assessment rolls are not complete.

The budget eliminates a physical education teacher, a teaching assistant, a teacher aide, a bus driver/custodian and three assistant sports coaches.

It also eliminates the modified B sports program, cuts back on summer school and limits new material and supply purchases.

There are no additions to staff or programs in the proposed budget.

Moriah Central School relies heavily on state aid, which makes this a particularly difficult budget year, Superintendent Bill Larrow explained.

The district will receive a state aid increase of 0.06 percent in 2009-10, he said. The district gets 72 percent of its total budget from the state.

There are 770 students at Moriah school.

Voters also elected four board of education members.

Erica Sears Kazlo received 467 votes, Stacie Jaquish 413 and James Stahl 378 to claim three-year seats. Kathryn Lacey got 321 votes and will fill the final year of an unexpired term.

Also running for the school board were Ed Trombley, who received 264 votes, and Charles Reeder, who got 305.

Voters also Oked a separate proposition to purchase two new buses at a cost not to exceed $188,118. Those purchases are eligible for 90 percent state aid.

That vote was 353-292.

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