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Budget talks: Maryvale School District

Residents in the Maryvale School District will decide the fate next month of a $42,168,145 budget for the 2016-17 school year, adopted Monday by the board of education.

While the budget represents a 2.94 percent hike from the current fiscal plan, it also features the elimination of the director of curriculum and assessment from the district’s administration.

Superintendent Joseph R. D’Angelo said the position’s duties will be absorbed by other administrators.

Assistant superintendent Dr. Stephen Lunden said the hike in spending allows the district to hire three teachers.

At the primary school, a new teacher will be assigned to first grade; the district also will add a special education teacher, eliminating the expense associated with educating students outside the district.

In addition, a plan to run a hospitality academy will be realized with the addition of a business teacher.

“There was a real concern for a lack of programs for students in the business area,” Lunden said.

D’Angelo said the business teacher also enables the district to offer more business electives for high school students.

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Proposed budget

Proposed total budget: $42.17 million, up 2.94 percent from this year

Proposed tax levy: $20.37 million, up 2.59 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.59 percent

Planning to go over tax cap? No

What could be cut: If the budget is defeated, the district will have to cut $500,000; Superintendent D’Angelo said the entire budget would be reviewed for cuts.

What could be added: Three teachers.

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What is a tax levy?

The tax levy is the total amount in taxes collected from property owners.

What is the tax cap?

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo instituted the tax cap three years ago to help control local taxes. It’s billed as a 2 percent tax cap but is actually based on the rate of inflation. Each district’s cap is different because of a complicated formula and can be higher or lower than 2 percent. Districts need 60 percent of votes – called a super majority – to approve a budget that goes over the tax cap. Each school district needs only one vote more than 50 percent in order to pass a budget that is less than the tax cap.

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Voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 17 to approve or vote down the proposed budget and to vote on candidates for school board and any propositions.