Broadalbin-Perth school budget to boost tax levy nearly 7 percent

A public hearing on the $27.4 million budget proposed in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School Distric
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A public hearing on the $27.4 million budget proposed in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 in the high school auditorium.

The budget is up 3.83 percent over the current $26.4 million edition, but the tax levy is projected to rise 6.9 percent.

Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson attributes much of the tax levy increase to rising expenses and reductions in local revenue sources including Medicaid.

Utility costs are expected to rise about $300,000, he said, about half the levy increase by itself.

The district had been accustomed to receipt of annual Medicaid revenue of about $250,000. But due to federal cutbacks Broadalbin-Perth schools may receive only $85,000 to $90,000 in 2008-09, he said. The district receives Medicaid reimbursement for a variety of nursing and therapeutic services needed by some students, he said.

The district also received a setback in state aid when the final allocations were $49,000 short of what former Gov. Eliot Spitzer originally proposed, Tomlinson said.

The current tax levy is $8.2 million. Tomlinson said it is too early in the process to calculate projected tax rates in the district’s many taxing jurisdictions. The district spans parts of three counties.

Tomlinson said the district’s tax base is growing sufficiently to make it possible to absorb the state aid shortfall without adjusting the proposed budget.

At the public hearing, he said he expects to highlight such factors as rising utility costs.

Because of the movement of district staff from a more expensive health insurance policy to a less expensive option, Tomlinson said, health insurance costs are rising next year by about $150,000 rather than the $500,000 the more expensive policy would have required.

Besides the budget, residents will go to the polls May 20 to vote on a proposal to spend a maximum of $261,000 to buy two buses and four vans. The purchases are largely covered by state aid.

Paul Chizek and Philip Comini are running for the board seat that had been held by the Rev. Paul Moyers, who died this spring.

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