Moriah Central adopts school budget

PORTHENRY-Moriah Central School District voters have approved a $13.8 million budget for 2011-12.

The spending plan was OKed by a 370-116 margin in voting May 17.

The 2011-12 Moriah school budget totals $13,856,410. That's a $91,691 decrease - 0.066 percent - from the present spending plan of $13,948,101.

The tax levy in the budget is $3,662,121. That's an increase of $67,169 - 1.9 percent - from the current tax levy of $3,554,952.

The 2011-12 budget decrease is largely the result of the school board's decision to use $600,000 in fund balance in 2011-12. Superintendent Bill Larrow said the decision was made after the state cut aid to the district by $416,499. Moriah is expecting to receive $9.4 million in state assistance in 2011-12, down from $10.2 million two years ago.

There are no staff or program cuts in the budget.

The budget includes a pay freeze for all administrative and civil service employees. The teachers union is presently without a contract and is in negotiations with the district.

Moriah's spending plan includes increases in spending for fuel, special education, employee health insurance and employee retirement costs.

Voters also approved the purchase three new buses at a cost not to exceed $307,000. The vote was 346-116.

Larrow pointed out the state will pay 90 percent of that. Local taxpayers will pay $10,233.

Voters also elected Terrie Decker (384 votes), Timothy Breeyear (379) and Jody Olcott (292) to the board to education. Also running was Jennifer White, who received 232 votes.

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