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Budget increase won't affect tax rate

The Canastota School Board increased its budget by $25,000, which drives its spending to 3.28 percent to allow flexibility when purchasing a new mini van. A bid of $20,644 from Carbone Automotive Group was on the table, but the board rejected it.

Superintendent of Schools Fred Bragan said that $100,000 is set aside each year and the $25,000 will be taken from that, therefore the tax impact will remain the same, an increase of 2.68 percent.

The board adopted the $24.7 million budget at the regular meeting held April 20.

Audit committee chair Don Campanaro reflected on the budget process this year, stating it was exhaustive and one the committee spent a lot of time on. The budget committee opened the meetings up to the public this year. He said that although the meetings were not well attended, it was a good experience.

"The administration did a good job," Campanaro said. "When we said bare bones, it was. We are satisfied. We made no cuts to the staff or programs."

Campanaro said he can "look people in the eye and say, we did a good job."

In other news

Bragan said collaboration between students, the safety committee and Resource Officer Sean Barton has resulted in possibly a first for school districts. Kids witnessing or being bullied, have concerns about drug use or weapons on school grounds can let adults know and remain anonymous. Students will be able to text to an anonymous tip line, which connects to a school hotline.

Petitions are out and incumbents Michael Buda and Bernard Gleeson will once again run for school board trustee. They are running unopposed. Gleeson serves as the board's president.

Upcoming events

Voter registration will be held May 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

A budget hearing will be held at 7 p.m. May 12 in the auditorium. The regular board meeting will follow.

The last voter registration will be held May 14 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The budget vote and election of board members will be held May 19 from noon to 9 p.m.

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