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No big changes in Putnam budget proposal

District meets state tax cap

Putnam Central School held an Easter egg hunt for its students April 5.  Children didn’t seem to the mind the cold weather as they collected treats.

Putnam Central School held an Easter egg hunt for its students April 5. Children didn’t seem to the mind the cold weather as they collected treats.

— The area’s smallest school district continues to get smaller. Enrollment at Putnam Central School has declined each of the past three years — a trend that is expected to continue.

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Matt Boucher

There are now 32 students in the pre-kindergarten through sixth grade school with another 38 Putnam students attending Ticonderoga Middle School and Ti High School through a tuition arrangement.

Those numbers mean few changes in the proposed 2012-13 Putnam Central School budget.

The proposed 2012-13 district spending plan totals $2,193,248. That’s a $40,934 — 1.9 percent — increase from the current budget of $2,152,314.

Putnam’s proposed 2012-13 tax levy is $1,689,033. That’s a $44,146 — 1.9 percent — increase from the present tax levy of $1,644,887.

The state tax cap for Putnam Central School is 2.79 percent.

Voters will decide on the proposed budget Tuesday, May 15, 1 to 8 p.m. in the school gym.

Superintendent Matt Boucher said the spending proposal has no major changes — increases or decreases — from the present budget.

Putnam voters will also fill one seat on the board of education. Running are Gerry Gendron and Cynthia Floor.

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