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Budget calls for increase

The tentative budget was presented to the Canastota Board of Education Tuesday and if approved taxpayers will see an increase of 2.68 percent above last year's budget. Trustee Don Campanaro said the cost of health care is what drove the increase in the budget, something the audit committee couldn't control.

{Q}"Where we did have control, we did a good job,"{Q} Campanaro said. He said that although the proposed budget, which is nearly $25 million or a 3.17 percent increase in spending, the district's spending is well below the rate of inflation.

The amount to be raised by taxes is a little more than $9.7 million or $20.82 per $1,000 of assessed value. Superintendent of Schools Fred Bragan said equalization rates are different and taxpayers need to take that into consideration.

"It can change from now until then," Bragan said, then meaning when the board adopts the budget.

No cuts were made to staff or programs, according to Campanaro

"We chose not to and we did not have to go to our reserve," Campanaro said. "We did decide to reduce our appropriated fund balance from 4 to 3 percent."

Campanaro asked the board to consider adopting the budget at the April 20 board meeting. The budget vote is scheduled for May 19.

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