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A proposed budget calling for a tax increase of $1.39 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $20.29 will be voted on May 25 by residents of the Springville-Griffith Institute School District.

The School Board this week adopted a proposed budget of $19,690,946, an increase of 5.85 percent over the current contingency budget.

The proposal hikes spending by $1,090,063.

The $160,000 proposed for various equipment purchases amounts to two years' worth because the current budget does not allow for equipment purchases, Superintendent William I. Nennstiel said.

Included is a $375,000 increase in Board of Cooperative Educational Services spending, including a one-time payment of $115,000 as the district's share for capital improvements undertaken by BOCES, he said.

Teacher retirement costs are projected to increase by $108,000 and Social Security costs by $50,000, he said.

The district's 300 employees are scheduled to receive an average pay increase of less than 4 percent and there is no increase in staff despite a projected enrollment increase of 88 to 2,545 students.

Nennstiel said the district was conservative in projecting state aid revenues and any increase would go toward offsetting the proposed tax increase.

A state budget, due April 1, has yet to be passed so the district is unsure about state aid, he noted.

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