Dallas School Board proposes new preliminary budget with tax increase

15 May, 2018, 22:37 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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The proposed budget is $41.9 million, and two candidates are running unopposed for two seats.

At that time, the board will address a state audit of the special-education program that found the district in "systemic non-compliance" with parts of the federal law that governs education of students with disabilities.

Smith said each finalist will spend one day in the district touring schools and the community and interacting with board members, employees and the public.

The majority of the work would be at the middle/high school complex, but each building will have upgrades and improvements, the district has said.

Votes can be cast between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., in the music room of the intermediate school on Leland Lane.

Spending among the 34 districts in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties totals $2.46 billion for the coming school year. The board can still adjust the numbers when it adopts a final budget on June 18.

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The proposed 2 percent hike in the local property tax levy is less than the 2.68 percent increase that would be allowable for the district under state tax-cap formulas, Assistant Superintendent for Business Karl Keil Jr.

City officials have reached a compromise concerning funding for additional school resource officers and community learning center programs. The largest source of budget revenue is state financial aid, at more than $37 million.

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Instead, they welcome the challenge of governing districts with budgets in the millions of dollars, or, as they phrase it more modestly, it's a way of giving back. The regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the District Board Room, 921 Susan St.

Elwood, like many districts, made a decision to hold the tax increase in 2018-19 substantially below the cap limit.

Voters will also elect two Board of Education members, each to serve three-year terms beginning on July 1, 2018. The candidates are: Melinda Leising, Donna Durr Arancio and Samuel Catterson.

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A board committee has approved a rate of 64.41 mills for the 2018 tax year, a 1-mill reduction from the 2017's school district millage.

The reduction follows a trend of the board slicing the district's overall property tax rate in recent years.

Voters in some other districts will also weigh in on various propositions.

There are also two candidates for the board of education, James Maio and Martin Kelly. The candidates include incumbents Amy Mayo and Brian Judycki and challenger John Stewart.

The proposed tax increase is less than the state index amount, which the state set at 2.9 percent and is the maximum amount allowed without voter approval or state approval of a spending amount exception.

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