Putnam voters OK school budget

Superintendent pleased with 76 percent support

— Putnam Central School District voters gave overwhelming support to the 2013-14 budget in balloting May 21.

The $2.2 million spending plan was approved by 76 percent of voters, 54-17.

“The percentage of support for the budget was impressive,” said Matt Boucher, Putnam school superintendent.

The 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 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.

Putnam’s budget meets the state-mandated tax cap, but early projects were a concern to the district. Told to expect a 35 percent cut in aid this year when the preliminary state budget was announced, state education department officials later restored Putnam’s state support.

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

The budget maintains all student programs and staff, the superintendent said.

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 also approved a resolution to increase the district’s capital fund, 61-10.

Charlie Bain, running unopposed, won election to the school board with 64 votes.

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