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Proposed budget $93.7M

B'ville school district budget hearing slated for May 12

If you have an opinion on the upcoming school budget, be sure to attend the public budget hearing May 12.

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education recently adopted the proposed 2009-10 budget of $93,669,512. While there is a 1.03 percent increase in spending over last year, the tax levy (amount district residents pay in property taxes) will remain the same at $46,780,000.

"The proposed budget reflects the continued commitment of district administrators and the Board of Education to be fiscally responsive to our community, particularly during these difficult economic times," said Superintendent Jeanne Dangle.

Major items affecting this year's budget include a decrease in staff (30 positions were reduced or eliminated), an increase in health insurance costs and an increase in spending through BOCES.

"We're doing more things with BOCES," said Assistant Superintendent of Management Services Michael Shusda. "While it is more expensive initially, it will be cheaper in the long run."

The board also used $661,000 out of the reserve fund.

"We're dipping into the savings account to balance the budget," Shusda said. "It's something we haven't done in a while and it's okay once in a while, but it shouldn't become a habit."

Shusda said homeowners concerned about rising assessments might feel some relief in August when assessments are finalized and the school tax rate can be determined.

"We anticipate a decrease in the tax rate for both Lysander and Van Buren residents," he said.

Proposition 1

As in previous years, this budget also includes a separate proposition to purchase 10 buses for the 116-bus fleet.

"We have more than 100 buses in our fleet and if we're going to turn over buses after 10 years of use, we need to replace 10 or 11 buses a year," Shusda said.

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