Voters reject proposed budget

SCHROON LAKE - Schroon Lake Central School District will again ask residents to approve a 2010-11 budget.

A revised budget proposal will go to voters June 15 noon to 8 p.m. in the school lobby.

Schroon Lake residents rejected a proposed $7.4 million budget in balloting May 18 by a 242-203 margin.

They also rejected a proposition to purchase a bus, 245-179.

Peter Veverka, running unopposed for the seat being vacated by Linda Lowe, was elected to the school board with 320 votes.

Anticipating no increase in state aid, the proposed 2010-11 Schroon Lake Central School District budget called for a 5.5 percent increase in taxes.

Much of that increase, 4.3 percent, was attributed to an on-going building project at the school.

The proposed budget totaled $7,447,215. That's a 1.3 percent hike from the current spending plan of $7,349,590.

The proposed amount to be raised by taxes was $5,892,715. That's an increase of 5.5 percent from the present tax levy of $5,585,090.

Schroon Lake officials held the line on spending in the proposed budget. Operating costs for 2010-11 were anticipated to increase by $53,058, 0.4 percent.

To keep spending at that level Schroon Lake teachers agreed to a one-year contract calling for no pay increase in 2010-11.

The proposed budget also cut $34,721 from custodian services, eliminated the $14,000 summer school program, saved $5,000 by merging bus runs, cut $3,000 from instructional development and saved $3,000 by limiting the annual school trip to New York City to every-other year.

The proposed budget maintained all student programs and staff positions.

The major increase in the proposed 2010-11 budget was a $44,567 increase in the building project, the first major building project at the school in nearly 50 years.

The project will expand and renovate the existing school building.

Technically, the work is two projects - a $13.4 million upgrade of the existing school building and a separate $1.3 million conversion of the current combination gym/auditorium into an auditorium.

Voters approved both measures June 28, 2006.

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