St. Johnsville: Use of savings offsets need to increase tax levy
ST. JOHNSVILLE Voters in St. Johnsville School District will consider a $9.4 million budget Tuesday. The budget total for the 2010-2011 school district is the same as for the current 2009-2010 school year and plans to collect the same amount of money from taxpayers - roughly $2.3 million. An expected decrease in the amount of state aid the district is receiving coupled, with increase costs for retirement and health care benefits, is forcing the district to use a significant portion of its savings in the proposed budget.
The 2010-2011 proposed budget uses $1.3 million in fund balance, which leaves a little less an $1.3 million in the account.
District treasurer Michelle Lansburg said she isn't concerned about using so much of the district's fund balance.
“We're using it for the purposes that it's intended to be used for,” she said. “In this economy we are doing whatever we can do to minimize impact on taxpayers.”
Voter will also chose one candidate to fill a vacant seat on the district's Board of Education. Incumbent David Christopher Mosher is the only candidate running for the seat.
District voters will also consider the purchase of two full-size buses for $195,000. The money will be taken out of a reserve fund for bus purchases.
How to vote
WHEN: Tuesday, May 18, from noon to 9 p.m.
WHERE: School auditorium