No staff cuts as Canajoharie BOE adopts $19.2 million proposed
Canajoharie Central School District residents
will vote May 15 on a proposed $19,279,887 budget for the 2012-13
school year. The proposal carries a tax levy increase of 2.5 percent
and includes a 2.43 percent increase in spending.
|Budget Change: 2.43
percent or $456,547
|Tax levy increase: 2.5
Using a 4-percent increase in state aid,
strategic use of fund balance and reserves, and reductions made in
recent years, the board of education developed a proposed budget
that stays under the district’s 2.8 percent tax levy limit and
preserves educational and extracurricular programs.
“I’m relieved we are able to adopt a budget and
maintain staff and programs while keeping the best interest of the
taxpayers in mind,” said board president John DeValve.
“We’re fortunate to be in the position we are in
right now and we have to keep working to keep the school and the
programs as strong in the future.”
A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, in the conference room at Canajoharie High
The proposal positions Canajoharie to hold steady
and maintain its current programs, said Superintendent Deborah
Grimshaw. The spending plan holds most expenditures at 2011-12
levels, and addresses increases in state-mandated pension
contributions and health insurance expenses.
Like many rural districts, Canajoharie is heavily
dependent on the state for revenue and the 4 percent increase for
2012-13 comes after two years when the district’s state aid was
“We feel this budget allows us to maintain
opportunities for students and be mindful of our community’s
capacity (to pay taxes),” Mrs. Grimshaw said.
“The board developed the budget focused on
working within the district’s tax levy limit and keeping
expenditures stable. That goal has been met.”
Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. in the lobby
of the high school. By law, all voters must be U.S. citizens, age 18
or older and residents of the district for at least 30 days prior to
the vote. Advance registration is not required.