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Fulton County school districts keep budgets under tax cap

Fulton County school districts keep budgets under tax cap

School districts in Fulton County are keeping within state-mandated tax hike limits in budget propos

School districts in Fulton County are keeping within state-mandated tax hike limits in budget proposals headed to voters Tuesday.

Voters will see tax levy increases ranging from 2 percent to 4.95 percent, with some districts finding sufficient support to bring back programs lost in earlier budgets.

Such is the case in the Mayfield Central School District, where Superintendent Paul G. Williamsen said a boost in state education funding helped out this year.

Mayfield is proposing a $16.76 million spending plan for the 2013-14 school year that reduces spending by 3.59 percent and raises the tax levy by 3.5 percent.

Under the spending plan, Mayfield proposes to add two part-time jobs for elementary art and music while adding another pre-kindergarten section and restoring funding for junior varsity sports.

The district is expecting to receive a boost of $279,320 in state aid, money Williamsen said the Board of Education decided not to sock away in reserve accounts.

“But this isn’t about reserves, it’s about kids. I think the board did well to bring back a little bit of art, bring back a little bit of music for our kids,” he said.

Williamsen said he is hopeful the state Legislature’s talk about changing the state aid formula will come to fruition.

“That might help us in the near future because that’s what we need,” he said.

Mayfield’s proposal cuts spending by $624,401 and calls for a tax levy of about $7 million, an increase of $236,788.

Budget proposal details for other Fulton County school districts, according to their budget literature:

• Broadalbin-Perth: The $30 million spending proposal calls for a spending increase of $594,373, or 2.02 percent. A $13.33 million tax levy represents a 3.36 percent increase.

• Gloversville: The district’s $58.55 million proposal represents a 3.34 percent spending increase. The $13.74 million tax levy is an increase of $269,550 or 2 percent.

• Johnstown: The $29.87 million budget proposal contains a 4.77 percent spending increase. The district is proposing a $7.56 million tax levy, an increase of 3 percent.

• Northville: The district’s $10.22 million budget proposal would increase spending by $581,931, or 6.03 percent. The tax levy would increase by $264,854, or 4.95 percent.

• Wheelerville: Voters will see a 4 percent spending increase in the district’s $4.25 million budget proposal. A tax levy of $2.15 million reflects an increase of $42,313, or 2 percent.

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