SWCS Board Passes Budget With Tax Levy Increase

The Southwestern Central School District budget has been adopted unanimously and is ready for a public vote on May 16.

The budget has increased about 2.9 percent and includes a .5 percent increase on the tax levy, according to Maureen Donahue, district superintendent. Donahue said the assessment roll figures would be available after May 1, so the figures on the impact on a $100,000 property could be given after that time.

She said the budget maintains all programming at the school and no staffing additions included. The district received an increase of Foundation Aid of $197,992 or 2.74 percent.

“We think it’s a very fiscally responsible budget,” Donahue said. “We’re optimistic (it will pass).”

She said the district’s goal was to maintain student opportunities and be fiscally responsible with a minimal tax increase, which the budget has done.

Along with the budget, she said there is a proposition to replace two 65-passenger buses and one 42-passenger wheelchair bus which the public will vote on.

Donahue said the budget hearing will occur on May 9 at 7 p.m. in the board of education room at the middle school while the public vote will occur from 7-9 a.m. and 2-9 p.m. in the main foyer of the high school.