Residents to vote May 17 on school budgets

In the North Warren School District, voters will be casting ballots on a budget that calls for spending $1,383,967, a decrease of 1.13 percent over the prior year, but the anticipated tax levy increase is 2.27 percent.

In this plan, the school board postponed purchase of one school bus and cut two teaching and one staff position, while reducing one teaching post from full-time to part-time. $650,000 was drawn from fund balance to keep the tax increase down.

Voting is set for noon to 8 p.m. in the school lobby.

In the Lake George Central School District, the proposal is to spend $20.8 million, an increase of 4 percent, with the tax levy rising by 5.5 percent - figures that have prompted some citizens to call for spending cuts at budget hearings. The spending plan eliminates one elementary teaching position left vacant after a retirement. Two teacher assistants will also be cut.

The vote on the Lake George budget will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Tuesday May 17 in the high school gymnasium.

In the Bolton Central School District, up for a vote is a 2011-12 budget that calls for $8,367,260 in appropriations, an increase of $33,138, or 0.4 percent. The proposed spending plan increases the tax levy by 0.32 percent, or $21,604.

In formulating the plan, the school board laid off one high school teacher, reduced expenses related to materials, supplies and equipment, and postponed the purchase of a school bus.

Expenditures were kept nearly level despite a State Aid cut of $39,000. Ciccarelli has credited the school board and other school administrators for ongoing financial planning that has minimized budget impact on local taxpayers, despite ever-rising expenses.

The voting in Bolton takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 in the Bolton Central School gym lobby.

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