Willsboro CS budget in line with state threshold

— The Willsboro Central School Board of Education adopted a budget with a 2.12 percent increase to the tax cap that will now go before the district’s voters May 15.

“We have had that number there for some time and this is the budget that was recommended and unanimously approved by the budget committee,” Superintendent Stephen Broadwell told members of the board during its April 16 meeting.

The school’s spending plan will not change in the next year, as the 2012-13 plan will have an identical number to the 2011-12 total of $7,894,867 in spending.

Revenues dropped slightly, creating the difference in the tax levy, which was adopted at $4,762,188 for 2012-13, a $98,947 over the 2011-12 levy, or 2.12 percent.

Broadwell and members of the board complimented the members of the budget committee for their work.

“It is a great group that works collectively together,” Broadwell said. “They work hard to weigh both the needs of the school as well as the needs of the community.”

“It is a big responsibility to do what this committee does,” board member Phyllis Klein said. “I want to thank the people who served on this committee.”

“It’s not just the board members, but a budget committee that is made up of representatives from the community, which is quite nice,” board vice president Bruce Hale said.

The board advertises and solicits residents from the community as well as staff members and representatives from the teachers to serve on the committee.

Also at the meeting, Broadwell announced that Klein had submitted a petition to run for another term as a member of the board, while Don Hollingsworth filed a petition to run for the seat currently held by Scott Sayward, who said that he was not seeking another term.

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