VC voters approve revised budget
Nearly one month after rejecting a $92.4 million budget proposal, Valley Central School District voters headed back to the polls, Tuesday, and approved a revised spending plan for 2013-2014.
According to Valley Central’s Assistant Superintendent for Business Gregory Dale, the $89.4 million budget passed by a final count of 2,282 to 1,419.
“We’re grateful to the voters for passing the budget,” Dale said.
The new budget figure represents a .88 percent decrease over the current year’s spending plan and a tax increase of 4.08 percent, which is under the state mandated cap. But while it includes funding for one-half of the district’s kindergarten program, extracurricular activities and varsity sports, the spending plan calls for the elimination of several staff positions as well as elementary library, art and music.
The school board has made it clear that they would be committed to saving additional programs and personnel should any unanticipated aid or revenue be restored by the state.
BY JESSICA MURRAY