Proposed Midlakes budget is down, but tax levy is up

The proposed $35.7 million budget for the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District is actually down 1.9 percent — or $694,941 — from this year, but includes an increase in the tax levy.

Still, the levy of $14.2 million — up 1.9 percent from the $13.9 million levy to support this year’s spending plan — is less than half the tax cap which came to 3.86 percent for the district, as calculated by a complex state formula.

“We are excited to announce a fourth straight year of program expansion while staying well below the mandated tax cap,” school board President Ryan Davis wrote in his budget message.

Responding to resident surveys related to a 2017 search for a new district superintendent, Davis notes overwhelming input called for meaningful curriculum to better prepare students, and clear transparent communication with community members.

To meet those needs, the budget includes money for the addition of a career technical education teacher and creation of a new communications coordinator position to expand the district’s ability to share its many exciting stories.

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