The Union Springs Central School District Board of Education Monday adopted a $16,984,941 budget for 2011-12 that carries with it a .79 percent increase on the tax levy.
The current tax levy is $7,284,473 and the increase will add $16.69 in taxes to the average $100,000 house in the district, said Superintendent Linda Rice.
The budget is a 1.9 percent decrease from the current budget, Rice said.
Staff changes include the elimination of one teacher aide, due to a change in student services; the elimination of one elementary teacher by attrition; reduced hours for technology, art and clerical positions; a change in job classification in the maintenance department, which will result in different compensation rates; and the addition of a part-time English teacher to be funded with federal Jobs Bill money.
The largest sources of increase in the Union Springs budget are employee benefits and health care, Rice said.
Despite an increase in these areas and a decrease in state aid, the district did not make any changes to spending for academic programs, athletics, and extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
Field trip spending for 2011-12 will be reduced under the adopted budget.
The district plans to use roughly $575,000 collectively from various reserves to help balance the budget, Rice said.
A bus purchase is included in the budget so a separate proposition will not be put in front of voters.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 9 in the middle/high school library. The budget vote will be from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 in the middle/high school main entrance.