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Board looks to trim 1.99% tax levy increase

As it stands, the proposed 2010-11 budget for the Ken-Ton School District carries a tax levy increase of 1.99 percent.

School Board members said Tuesday that's still too high.

"I don't think that's acceptable in this economy," board member Kellie Poynton-Gallagher said of the projected increase. She said she wants it down to nothing.

Other board members agreed the increase should be lower but did not specify numbers.

"How much more can we throw on the families of Ken-Ton?" asked Thomas J. Noonan, the board's vice president. "We need to look at everything . . . not just once. Make sure there's not other items we can do without."

Added board member Charles J. Wuest: "I also have a feeling we can do better."

Administrators were asked to prepare detailed information about staffing, including three-and five-year projections for consideration in making further cuts.

The second and most recent budget submitted for the School Board's consideration totals a little more than $148 million. The annual tax bill would increase by approximately $32.40 -- or $2.70 a month for a home with a market value of $100,000, according to School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro.

Board President Melissa Brinson, who asked Mondanaro to prepare the detailed information about staffing, declined to say what amount she has in mind.

"I am not comfortable saying a number right now. I still don't feel like I really have enough information."

The board's next scheduled meeting is April 6, the day when it planned to adopt a budget. The state deadline for adoption is April 23.


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