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School budgets, propositions to go before voters

The ballot will also include a proposition for the district to disburse $35,000 to the Chazy Public Library in annual support of its programming.

Northern Adirondack Central School

The proposed 2011-12 annual budget for the Northern Adirondack Central School District is $18,266,725, a 0.06 percent increase over last year's budget of $18,277,852. The budget will result in no increase to the tax levy and a 2 cent reduction in the proposed tax rate, or $10.70 per $1,000 of assessed property value. In addition, there will be no reduction in staffing or programs, according to superintendent Laura J. Marlow.

Though facing "tough economic times," Marlow said the district worked hard to maintain a budget that would continue to provide "a quality education for the children of our school district."

The 2011-12 budget reflects "months of cost analysis, planning and careful deliberations," Marlow said. However, the district was able to offset a reduction in state aid by several methods, including reducing supplies and materials, eliminating new equipment purchases, more steps toward energy conservation and other cost containment measures.

"Despite one of the lowest budget to budget increases, the budget sustains our academic programs, preserves class sizes, affirms our commitment to health and safety, and accommodates the education of students with disabilities," Marlow said. "This year's budget is responsible to taxpayers and responsive to the needs of our children."

Propositions on the ballot include the purchase of three new buses not to exceed $311,466, and one that would change the election of board of education members to an at-large system. Currently, a board candidate must specify the seat for which they are running.

Northeastern Clinton Central School

The Northeastern Clinton Central School District will also maintain an annual budget with no increase in taxes for third year in a row. Though the proposed 2011-12 budget amounts to $28,499,357 - a 2.5-percent increase over the last year - district officials utilized reserve funding to offset increases in expenses such as contributions to the teacher and employee retirement systems, health insurance and salaries.

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