B'ville: BOE adopts 2008-09 proposed budget

On April 7, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education adopted its proposed 2008-09 budget. The total proposed budget is $92,716,906, which is an increase of 5.62 percent from the 2007-08 budget of $87,786,564. Major influences on the budget include increases in health care, workers' compensation costs, fuel and the $335,500 district share of a Federal grant for controlled access and security cameras in the four schools located in the village of Baldwinsville.

The adopted budget is $202,253 below the New York State contingent budget cap. The board of education was able to accomplish this without the reduction of any student programs.

In the towns of Lysander and Van Buren, the tax rate increase is projected to be 1.04 percent, and in the town of Clay the tax rate increase is projected at 4.07 percent, depending upon the change in the equalization rate for Clay.

In addition to the proposed budget, district residents will be asked to vote on an additional item, the annual bus purchase. As part of an annual program to maintain the district's bus fleet, the district would like to purchase four 65-passenger buses, four 30-passenger buses and three 30-passenger/wheelchair buses for a maximum cost of $1,100,000.

The district will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 7 p.m. May 13 in the cafeteria of Baker High School located at 29 East Oneida St. in the village. The budget vote will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 20 in the high school auditorium.

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