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Stillwater News

Voters to consider $22.8 million budget on May 20

Posted April 9, 2014 – On May 20, Stillwater Central School District residents will vote on a proposed $22,761,071 budget for the 2014-15 school year. The board of education unanimously adopted the budget proposal at its meeting on Tuesday, April 8.

If voters approve the spending plan, the projected tax levy—the total amount of money a school district can raise through property taxes—would increase by 3.01 percent. This increase is nearly two percentage points below Stillwater’s maximum allowable tax levy increase as determined by the state’s tax levy cap formula.

The district estimates that the school tax rates, which are the amount of tax residents pay per $1,000 of assessed property value, will increase by less than 2 percent due to growth in the district’s overall property assessments. The district will set the school tax rates in August.

“We’ve tried to strike a careful balance of maintaining the integrity of our programs for our students in a way that is financially responsible for our taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Stanley Maziejka. “Over the years, we’ve tried to take a conservative approach to budgeting, and this year was no different.”

The 2014-15 budget proposal increases spending by $746,820, or 3.39 percent, over the current budget. Much of that increase is driven by rising costs associated with employee pensions and benefits, as well as mandated programs and services.

Among the list of changes in the proposed budget is the elimination of one full-time equivalent behavior specialist resulting from a change in how special education services are delivered. The proposed budget also calls for approximately $26,000 in new spending to fund the following:

  • A Master Teaching Program at the middle school and high school
  • New extra-curricular activities at the elementary school
  • Six new digital projectors
  • Addition of a wrestling team through a shared program with Mechanicville CSD

Also on May 20, voters will elect three members to the board of education; decide on a $100,000 capital project proposition to repair the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems at the elementary school, middle school and transportation building; and decide on a $1,415,000 proposition to replace 12 school buses.

More budget details are available on the district's budget page, and residents will receive a budget newsletter in early May. Residents are also encouraged to attend the public budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, in the MS/HS library.

Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old and a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to May 20 is eligible to vote on the school budget. Voter registration is also required. Stillwater residents who have voted in the general election within the last three years, and who have not changed their residence, are already registered. There will also be a Voter Registration Day held on Tuesday, May 6, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the district clerk’s office, 1068 North Hudson Avenue. Proof of identification and residency is required.

Absentee ballot applications will also be available on the district website in mid-April for those who are unable to vote in person and who meet the requirements for absentee voting. If you have any questions, contact Mary Sgambati, District Clerk, at 373-6100, ext. 30022.

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