Taxpayers in the Iroquois Central School District face a tax increase of 4.8 percent under a proposed $37.9 million budget adopted this week by the Board of Education.
Spending would increase by 5.5 percent if residents approve the proposal during voting next month.
The budget calls for spending an additional $462,000 for more teachers for reading, study skills and part-time positions in physical education, language skills and instructional technology.
It also would reinstate to full time the position of a second assistant high school principal.
Also added would be two teacher's aides, modified volleyball and more contractual time for special-education consultant.
State aid for the district is estimated to be $13 million, an increase of $736,070. Of this increase, the district will use $273,868 to add to its $1.5 million fund balance.
Last month, the board approved a transportation proposition and a technology fund transfer proposition. Wednesday, members also approved a proposition to purchase 11.8 acres on Girdle Road across from the football field for $250,000. The land is adjacent to the field owned by the Elma Fire Company.
School Superintendent Neil Rochelle said it is a good investment for the district, and if the school does not need it for expansion in the future, it can be sold. The land will be paid for by taxes levied over a four-year period, through the 2010-2011 fiscal years.
The proposed tax rates for the six towns in the district, including Elma, which uses the fractionalized assessment system, are estimated to be: $282.62 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of $12.84; Aurora at $31.91 up $1.45; Lancaster $14.55 is up 66 cents; Marilla $29.70 is up $1.35; Wales at $30.56 is up $1.41; Bennington, the only town in the district in Wyoming County is at $30.41, up $1.13.