Willsboro adopted budget down

WILLSBORO-While several local communities are bemoaning the budget season, the Willsboro Central School District will again see a reduction in their adopted budget and estimated tax levy.

At the April 12 meeting, the school board accepted a proposed budget of $7,894,867 - a decrease from the $7,930,891 price tag to run the district for the 2010-11 school year, a difference of $36,024 or .45 percent.

"There are a couple of factors that go into this," school Superintendent Stephen Broadwell said. "We were able to re-finance our bond debt and able to save a substantial amount of money in next year's budget. The pay freeze by teachers other than the step increases was also important, because personnel costs account for about 70-80 percent of the budget."

Broadwell said the only personnel cuts were the elimination of a teacher through attrition and a bus monitor position.

"We were able to cover the gap elimination from the state with the reserve account that was just opened up to us from the comptrollers' office," Broadwell said. "Over the years, we have been fiscally conservative and were able to cover the deficit."

Broadwell said that he is pleased with the budget that was adopted.

"It maintains programs and it is fiscally responsible to our taxpayers," Broadwell said. "The problem that we are looking at is next year is going to be difficult as well."

Under the budget proposal, the estimated tax levy would be set at $4,633,241, a .67 percent decrease from the 2010-11 budget.

The public hearing on the 2011-12 adopted budget will take place on Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m.

Voting for the budget and school board will take place on Tuesday, May 17 from noon until 8 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

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