Scotia-Glenville school board to vote on possibly exceeding tax cap as part of budget process

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GLENVILLE — The Scotia-Glenville Central School District Board of Education will vote Feb. 28 on whether it will override the tax-levy cap. 

However, the vote is not a guarantee the district will go over the tax cap, but rather an indication that needs to be made to the state Comptroller’s Office by March 1. 

“We’re not bound by that,” said school board President David J. Bucciferro.

He said the board could vote to override the tax cap and later rescind that resolution. 

The tax cap limits annual tax levy increases to the lesser of the rate of inflation or 2%.

Swartz said the district’s actual cap this year is 1.27%. 

“I have been traditionally opposed to overriding the tax cap,” Bucciferro said. 

However, he said, he will review all available information prior to voting. 

Swartz said the cap has only been exceeded twice in the last 10 years. 

“If you look at the last 10 years we’ve been relatively stable in terms of tax rate increases,” Swartz said. “We’ve actually had some deductions and we try not to do things that make our budget go very high one year, drop the next year and go very high again.”

This impending vote comes as school districts begin preparing their budgets. 

At the school board meeting Monday, Superintendent Susan Swartz presented her “carry-forward budget,” which looks at where the district would be if it just rolled everything it was doing this year into next year’s budget. 

That budget totaled $61.36 million for the 2022-23 school year, according to the district’s website. That is an increase of 3.78% compared to the 2021-22 budget of $59.12 million. 

Included in the carry forward budget is $397,000 in federal CARES Act money. 

There is a preliminary budget shortfall of $1.08 million anticipated, according to the school’s website. 

Some anticipated increases include a 5.4% increase in salaries related to contract agreements. Employee benefits are also expected to increase almost $840,000. 

However, the district is looking at a over $65,000 increase from Payments in Lieu of Taxes agreements and a 3% in foundation aid, according to the district’s website. 

“At the next meeting I’ll be asking the board to tell me what things in their mind are non-negotiable, so what would they be unwilling to give up or shift to get something else and what things are negotiable in their minds,” Swartz said. 

The budget will be discussed every Monday at board meetings in March. District residents will vote on the budget in May.

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or by email at [email protected]

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1 Comments
Patrick Burns February 17, 2022
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How about you live within the boundaries of your budget limits, just like the rest of us..