Canandaigua BOE begins budget discussions

There are still a lot of unknowns, but Canandaigua City School District officials hope to keep the tax levy increase for the 2018-19 budget at around 3 percent.

The first of three public presentations was made to the board of education Thursday with Superintendent Jamie Farr noting the proposed spending plan is based on need, focusing on what the community values and aligning the budget accordingly.

Matt Fitch, assistant superintendent of business, presented three scenarios with a tax levy ranging from $45.2 million to close to $46 million, depending on final figures as the plan developments. Each scenario included $1.53 million in reserves and various fund balance amounts to help offset tax increases.

Voters last May approved a $73.9 million budget with a tax levy of $44.3 million. There is no total yet for the proposed 2018-19 spending plan because it is still a work in progress.

School districts will not know their exact state-aid levels – a large portion of their budgets – until the state approves its spending plan, due to be in place by the start of the fiscal year April 1.

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