BATAVIA – City school district voters will get a preview of a $42 million budget to operate the city’s four schools at a Board of Education presentation tonight.
The 7 p.m. session in the high school’s library/media center at 260 State St. will highlight a 2 percent property tax increase, down from over 5 percent in the initial budget plan, which officials began working on last fall.
Scott C. Rozanski, business administrator, will outline the budget, in which savings were aided by eight retirements and the elimination of a resource officer. The tax rate will rise 46 cents to about $40 per thousand of assessed value for most households.
Voters at the election next Tuesday will also decide the fate of a scaled-down “need-to-do-now” proposal for $3.8 million in improvements and renovations of the district’s six buildings. A previous, more ambitious $8 million program of renovations was rejected by voters two years ago.
Title IX and disability laws require improvements at VanDetta Stadium, the district’s athletic field. They are part of the package along with the four schools, a former elementary school now rented and Richmond Memorial Library.
The 2013-14 budget, effective July 1, is nearly $2 million more than the present spending plan, but much of it will be offset by state aid. The capital project is funded by 80 percent state funds and the district’s capital reserves.
A second proposition on the ballot will be to eliminate the one-mile minimum distance for bus transportation for kindergarten and first-grade students.
Two board members also will be chosen. Both Patrick D. Burk, the board’s longest-serving member, and newcomer Peter Cecere are running unopposed for three-year terms. It will be Burk’s 28th year on the board.