>Initial budget plan carries 2.9% increase
Spending in Hamburg schools would increase by about 2.9 percent under the $48.2 million preliminary budget for 2006-07, Business Administrator Thomas Bagley told the School Board on Tuesday.
Superintendent Peter Roswell called it a "modest" increase. He said it compared favorably with the contingency budget cap of 4.1 percent, one of the highest percentages in recent years.
"There's not a lot of room to maneuver in this budget. The expense side took heavy shots with insurance and pension costs. We know we're not going to get a lot of additional financial aid," he said.
Employee salaries and benefits make up 77 percent of the budget, Bagley said.
The proposal calls for applying $1.1 million, or more than half, of the fund balance to the revenue side of the budget to keep the tax hike reasonable, Bagley said.