District Residents Approve 2016-17 Budget
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Unadilla Valley Central School District residents adopted a $19.1 million budget for the 2016-17 school year by a vote of 187 to 49.
The fiscal plan has a tax levy increase of 1.54 percent, which meets the state-mandated tax levy limit, and reflects a spending increase of $474,487, or 2.55 percent.
A 3.63 percent increase in state aid over the current year will allow the district to continue all academic programming, extracurricular activities and athletics, without any staffing-level changes. The proposed budget also aligns with Unadilla Valley’s goal in recent years of reducing reliance on reserves, something that district officials say is good for long-term financial health.
The bulk of the spending increase in the fiscal plan includes contractual salary and employee benefit costs. However, this is partially offset by projected decreases in the area of bond payments.
“This budget will keep Unadilla Valley on a solid financial footing by reducing reliance on reserve funds to balance the budget,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said. “The district can continue to focus on staff development and teacher effectiveness to ensure our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for success.”
Voters also elected two school board candidates who were running unopposed – Tammie Emrich and Kristin Rumovicz - and passed a bus lease proposition by a vote of 200 to 35. A capital reserve fund proposition was passed, 193 to 42.
A separate proposition unrelated to the school district for the South New Berlin Library passed by a paper ballot vote of 86 to 15.