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B'ville budget public hearing Tuesday

The proposed budget for next year is $92,716,906, a 5.62 percent increase from the current school year. The district expects to have non-tax revenue totaling $45,936,906 in 2008-09, which means it must raise $46,780,000 through taxes.

This will result in a tax rate increase of approximately 1.04 percent for residents of Lysander and Van Buren and a projected tax rate increase of 4.07 percent for Clay residents, according to a statement by Board of Education President Kevin Bernstein on the district's Web site.

Bernstein lists several reasons for the budget's increase. One reason is that the cost of fuel for buses and other district vehicles is soaring. The district has budgeted $660,000 for fuel alone next year.

Another reason for the increase is the rising cost of health insurance and the salaries for recent personnel hires by the district. Salaries and benefits make up over 75 percent of the district's budget.

Bernstein said that the district is doing things to keep costs down in the above areas. This includes buying fuel collectively with other districts and working proactively to prevent any work-related injuries or illnesses.

The Baldwinsville Central School District will hold a public hearing on Tuesday May 13 to discuss the proposed budget. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Baker High School cafeteria. The budget will go to the public vote on Tuesday May 20. The vote will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Baker High School auditorium. All district residents are invited to cast their vote.

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