On Tuesday, May 20th, the Three Village Central School district residents will be asked to vote on the proposed 2014-2015 school budget. The school budget represents a 1.91% spending increase and a 1.27% tax levy increase, as described in The Reporter, the official newsletter of the Three Village School District. Since the tax levy increase does not exceed the tax cap, the budget requires a simple majority of the voters to approve it. A vote tallying 50% plus 1 will successfully pass the budget.
What are the negatives?
- According to the TVCSD budget details, nine full time employee (FTE) teaching positions will be cut in order to meet the tax cap. This includes a reduction of 4.5 FTE positions as a result of declining enrollment.
What are the positives?
As stated in The Reporter:
- Balanced class size within the elementary and secondary level.
- Preservation of core academic programs and co-curricular programs including athletics, arts and music.
- Enhancement of safety and security district wide
In addition, as part of the tax freeze credit, eligible homeowners may receive a rebate check from New York State based on the fact that the school district budget is under the state-imposed 2 percent cap.
For additional details, visit the TVSCD budget information. The Village Times Herald blog has been active with comments and arguments for and against the budget. As community members, we have the ability to voice our opinions. Most importantly, we have the obligation to cast our vote on Tuesday, May 20th.