Fort Plain BOE adopts 2015-16 budget proposal
The Fort Plain Central School District Board
of Education adopted the $19,000,000 school budget proposal for
2015-16 on April 15. The proposed plan reflects an increase of 1.06
percent – or $200,000 - in spending over the current year and
carries a tax levy increase of zero percent. The proposal will be
put before voters on May 19.
“The Board of Education crafted the proposed
budget with a goal of improving programs in a fiscally responsible
manner, keeping the estimated tax levy below the district’s tax levy
limit,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton. Under the tax levy limit
law adopted in 2012, the district needed to keep the tax levy limit
at or below 3.95 percent in order to pass with a simple majority
vote (50 percent plus 1).
And despite the fact that the proposed budget
will go before voters with no increase in the tax levy, program
offerings will increase in Art in the elementary grades. All current
academic programs will be maintained, including the 3rd grade swim
program and the full-day pre-k program. The plan also includes
hiring a part-time agri-business teacher through HFM BOCES, and
increases the Family Peer Advocate position to full time.
"We have been fortunate to be able to maintain
and increase our academic programs into next year," said
Superintendent Douglas C. Burton.
To maintain the tax levy at a zero percent
increase, the proposal calls for the use of $950,000 from the
district’s savings to help offset costs to the tax payers. Fort
Plain received a small increase in state aid for 2015-16, because of
changes in the Gap Elimination Adjustment (a reduction in state aid
applied to all school districts in an effort to close the state's
A public hearing on the proposed budget will
be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the Jr./Sr. High School
Polls will be open on May 19 from 11:00 a.m.
until 9:00 p.m. in Harry Hoag Elementary School.