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SILVER CREEK MULLS HIKE IN SCHOOL BUDGET

The Silver Creek School Board is considering a $10.8 million budget that carries a tax rate increase of $1.75 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

"We're about $292,000 short of where we need to be," Superintendent James N. Mills said. "We can either cut the budget or hope for an increase in revenue, or some combination of the two."

The board discussed the tentative budget, a 3.92 percent increase over this year's budget, at a public hearing Wednesday.

Mills noted that last year voters approved a budget that was 6.44 percent, or $628,599, higher than the previous year's budget.

"We're well below that kind of an increase," he said.

The superintendent said the proposed state budget has been taken into consideration in developing the district's budget. The purchase of equipment, the addition of any new staff and some other expenses will have to be put on hold, Mills said, and several curriculum-related programs the district purchases from BOCES have been eliminated.

On another matter, Mills said the board met with Fire Department officials in an executive session concerning a small fire in a school lavatory. During that incident, school personnel extinguished the fire and did not contact the Fire Department. The district has agreed to contact firefighters when any kind of fire breaks out in the schools, he said.

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