Second draft of Waterloo school budget shows 3.9 percent tax levy hike

Final state aid revenue could change the numbers dramatically, but the second draft of a 2018-19 school budget shows a 4-percent increase in spending and a 3.9-percent increase in the tax levy.

The latest budget figures were presented to the school board Monday by Business Administrator Joanne Slauson. She said the budget is now at $40.2 million, up $1.3 million over the current budget. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Slauson listed areas where spending cuts have been made. They include reducing non-teaching staff, installing LED lighting fixtures, using an existing staff member to serve as an English as Second Language translator and using the maintenance staff to do physical upgrades that would normally be contracted out at a higher price. Slauson said two examples are repainting softball field dugouts and repurposing cabinets in science rooms.

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