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Willsboro hopes state will lighten fund balance share of budget

— Willsboro Central School plans on using up to $612,348 in fund balance to help keep the 2013-14 budget under the state’s cap, but is hoping they will receive some added aid from Albany.

“I think that we have a good budget here at this point that we can present to our voters,” Superintendent Stephen Broadwell said. “We will reduce the amount of fund balance that we are using if we get more in state aid so we can keep a little more money in our reserve accounts for when it is needed.”

Broadwell said the district’s tax levy cap number came out at 3.3 percent, which allows the budget’s tax levy to be raised to $4,920,645, up $158,457 from the 2012-13 levy total of $4,762,188.

“We are going to be right in the middle of the area schools when it comes to tax levy increases,” Broadwell said. “I always tell people that we are better off than a lot of other school districts, and our goal is to stay where we are at and keep what we have for as long as we can do that.”

Broadwell said the district’s spending plan was set to go up .99 percent, from $7,894,867 for the 2012-13 budget to $7,972,767 for 2013-14 (an increase of $77,900).

Currently, the district is planning to receive $2,102,156 in state aid, but Broadwell believes that those numbers will increase with the recently passed New York state budget.

Either way, Broadwell said the district will not ask voters to approve a budget that exceeds the tax levy cap.

“We want to keep our levy at the cap,” he said. “I have not heard of too many districts in the state that are going to be looking to exceed the tax cap.”

Broadwell said that the final budget workshop is planned for the Tuesday, April 9, meeting of the board.

“I should have all of the definite numbers by then,” he said.

School budget votes take place Tuesday, May 21.

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