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Brocton schools face tax hike

Brocton Central School District's projected budget for 2010-11 now totals $14.9 million, featuring an increase in the tax levy of 28.31 percent.
District Superintendent John Skahill and Business Administrator Betty Deland both offered budget updates during a meeting of the School Board on Thursday night.

Both emphasized that the proposed budget remains in a state of flux, as changes come and go on the state level.

Skahill said he has talked with state legislators about aid decreases and has been warned not to expect any help from Albany.

"This [2010-11] is the worst year I have ever seen," said Deland, adding that the anticipated state aid decrease will have a negative impact on the district because, "We are extremely dependent upon it."

Skahill also added that the district's mandated contribution to the teachers' retirement system is increasing by 45 percent.

The budget includes the district's BOCES expenditures, said Deland, adding that the largest increase is for programs and services to special-education students.

She said that for the current year, $1.3 million was budgeted for this service but currently that figure has jumped to $2 million because of new students in the district who require these services.

In 2010-11, Deland said, the Brocton budget will include $1.9 million for special-education student programs and services. The total BOCES budget for Brocton is $2.8 million, an increase of $441,512. The district's annual budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 11, in the school cafeteria. Voting on the budget will be held from noon to 8 p.m., May 18, in the gym foyer.

Also, one at-large position on the School Board will be filled. Currently that seat is held by Bobbie Jo Gibbons.

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