NSCSD superintendent asks for community input to address budget deficit

— “We’re not eliminating anything that’s mandated,” Keegan said.

Keegan also provided the board with a chart showing a sliding scale tax levy from 0 percent through 10 percent and the cuts required at each level.

For example, if the district were to put a budget out to vote with a 1 percent tax levy increase, there would still be a required cut of $8,553,011; a 3.5 percent tax levy increase, which would result in a 0 percent budget increase from 2011-12, would require cuts of $6,733,078; the tax levy increase in accordance with the state tax cap formula would be an increase of 4.78 percent, requiring cuts amounting to $5,804,726. A 10 percent tax levy increase would call for $2,001,252 in expenditure cuts.

Board of Education President Pat Carbone said he’s sick to his stomach when he looks at the numbers. However, it is up to the community to help pay for the children’s educations.

“It is our responsibility to educate them,” Carbone said. “It’s time for us to decide what we’re willing to pay to educate the children in our community.”

Even if the district spends the same amount as last year, the budget will have to be cut by $6.7 million, which is a majority of the expenditure reductions identified in Keegan’s presentation.

“I’ll pay 12 percent and I didn’t get a raise this year,” Carbone said with conviction. His statement was met with a round of applause from the audience.

North Syracuse Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette said she and the board want to be transparent and share with the community.

With a clear list of potential cuts, Dyce said she really wants to hear from the community and encourages the public to review the information presented at the meeting.

“It is important for the community to understand the process that the district is going through in creating a 2012-13 budget,” Dyce said. “We want to share with the public where we are financially and what these potential cuts could do to North Syracuse.”

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