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N. Syracuse board adopts $138.8M budget

— According to board Vice President Toni-Lyn Brauchle, the community is talking about the budget — in the grocery store, in the halls at the school, in the parks and many other places.

“I don’t think I’ve had a day go by that I haven’t had four or five conversations about the budget,” she said.

Recently the district asked residents to complete online surveys to get a better idea what taxpayers were willing to pay.

“It’s all over the board,” said Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan.

Of the taxpayers who responded — 1,389 people — 59.6 percent said they would accept a tax levy increase of 4 percent or more.

The budget, while fiscally responsible, has left some members feeling like more could have been done.

“Frankly, I’m disappointed in the sense I didn’t want to cut anything,” board President Pat Carbone said. “But we have to be realistic.”

According to Carbone, the budget adopted by the board saves a majority of the items members wanted to save.

“This budget does not hurt the children,” he said.

The board moved and adopted the $138.8 million spending plan. The vote was 8-1 in favor; Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton was the only “no” vote.

The public will have the opportunity to speak about the budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 8. The annual budget vote will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 15.

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