Feeling satisfied with the spending plan administrators devised, the Maryvale Board of Education adopted a $36.4 million budget plan Monday night that, if approved by voters, would raise taxes about 3.54 percent.
The overall budget raises spending by about $524,000, or 1.46 percent.
Administrators stayed within range of the board’s desire for a 3.5 percent tax increase, which falls below the district’s calculated tax cap mandated by the state.
“This is not an easy task,” said Maryvale Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski. “Although we received a boost in state revenue, this district is still receiving $2 million less than in 2009.”
After years of cuts to staffing and programs, the board told administrators last month it would support the budget plan they adopted instead of calling for even deeper cuts.
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Stephen Lunden presented the final budget proposal to the board during its meeting Monday.
He explained several revenue changes, including adjustments to utility costs, an overall boost of state aid totaling $199,000 and a potential $82,000 decrease should the federal government keep its sequestration budget.
The budget was adopted by a 4-0 vote. Board Vice President William Morris was absent from the meeting.
“We have really suffered over the past few years,” said the superintendent. “This is a sound budget that is going to go out to the community, and I hope the community supports it, because it keeps programs in place.”
The district will host a budget hearing at 6 p.m. May 7 in the administration offices. The community will decide on the proposed budget during a district vote from noon to 9 p.m. May 21.