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School budget election coming May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, Cazenovia Central School District residents will vote on the district’s $26.4 million proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year. The proposal calls for a 3.39 percent increase in spending over 2012-13 and carries a 4.94 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s 2011 tax levy limit law. The budget does not include any reductions in existing academic programs.

The proposed budget calls for the elimination of two middle school teaching positions, one custodial position and one high school guidance counselor position. Also included in the proposed 2013-14 budget is a line item expenditure of $100,000 to pay for the replacement of a bus lift in the district’s bus garage facility. This building project qualifies for 75 percent reimbursement from the state.

“This budget preserves the integrity of Cazenovia’s excellent academic program, but also accepts the reality of a shrinking student population,” Superintendent of Schools Robert Dubik said. “Since 2007, we have seen enrollment drop by more than 250 students in our schools, and the trend is expected to continue in the future.”

Also on the ballot will be a proposition to allow the district to spend more than $70,000 to replace two, 20-passenger school buses, which will be repaid over five years and have 70 percent of the cost reimbursed by New York state; and a library tax levy for public library support.

Residents on May 21 also will elect two members to the Board of Education. Current board member Katherine Hahn is running for reelection and resident Lisa Lounsbury is running for the seat being vacated by current BOE President Fritz Koennecke.

Propositions on the ballot

Proposition 1 — 2013-2014 Proposed Budget

Authorizes the Cazenovia Central School District to expend $26,419,662 in the 2013-2014 school year,

which is a 3.39 percent increase.

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