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Putnam budget proposal meets tax cap

Spending plan maintains programs, staff

Jill Trunko of the Lake George Association visited Putnam Central School to teach about native fish. She focused on their importance, functions and body parts. Trunko brought an interactive poster board and a chart of different fish that the students would be familiar with. The free program concluded with a project that allowed students to create their own fish based on specific card criteria.

Jill Trunko of the Lake George Association visited Putnam Central School to teach about native fish. She focused on their importance, functions and body parts. Trunko brought an interactive poster board and a chart of different fish that the students would be familiar with. The free program concluded with a project that allowed students to create their own fish based on specific card criteria.

— Thanks to a reprieve from New York State, the proposed 2013-14 Putnam Central School budget meets the state-mandated tax cap.

Told to expect a 35 percent cut in aid this year when the preliminary state budget was announced, state education department officials have since restored Putnam’s state support.

The proposed budget totals $2,249,218. That’s a $55,970 increase — 2.5 percent — from the current spending plan of $2,193,248.

The amount to be raised by taxes in the proposed budget is $1,733,927. That’s an increase of $56,279 — 3.4 percent — from the 2012-13 tax levy of $1,677,648.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the school.

Voters will have their say on the proposed spending plan Tuesday, May 21. Voting will be 1 to 8 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Superintendent Matt Boucher said the spending increase is because of increased costs for state retirement, employee health insurance and special education.

Boucher said the proposed budget maintains all student programs and staff.

Putnam Central School has 33 students attending its kindergarten through sixth grade building. It pays Ticonderoga Central School tuition for another 44 Putnam students to attend Ti Middle School and Ti High School.

Voters will also elect a member of the board of education. Charles Bain is seeking that seat. He is unopposed.

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