continued “The generator is not only going to let us serve as an emergency shelter for the community, it’s primarily going to serve our students,” Gallagher said. “Our primary purpose is to protect students, ensure their safety and protect the integrity of the building.”
Gallagher said by using $81,600 in bonds, $76,000 from the fund balance, and a $157,000 EXCELL grant, the improvement project will have little to no impact on taxpayers.
Stevens said the school could give the community a place to go in the case of another natural disaster.
“Weather patterns are unpredictable, our neighbors in New Hampshire just had a tornado, thats not normal weather there and Irene was not a normal event for us,” Stevens said. “We need something, this is for our students and our community.”
The budget to be put before voters includes a 2.85 percent tax levy increase. The total budget will be $$5,408,000, an increase of $74,303 over the 2011-2012 spending plan. According to District Treasurer Cynthia Moody, the levy will average a $45 annual increase for property owners with a home assessed at $150,000.
The district was able keep the tax levy increase to a minimum by reducing BOCES spending by $25,721, eliminating a full teaching position and by using $224,866 of the district’s fund balance.
Voting will take place on May 15, at the Westport Central School from noon to 9 p.m.