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Silver Creek School Board approves $20.48 million budget

SILVER CREEK – An increase in projected state aid means there will be only a slight increase in taxes for residents of the Silver Creek Central School District under the proposed budget for next year.

The 2013-14 budget was approved at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday night in the high school library.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich and Business Manager Cindy Mackowiak reviewed the $20.48 million budget. They said the projected tax rate in the Town of Hanover should increase by 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, making for a $47 increase for a home assessed at $100,000.

The proposed tax levy is $5.66 million.

Silver Creek receives more than two-thirds of its revenue from state aid. The district also expects to receive $729,000 in Native American Aid.

The budget line for instruction is $10.79 million, an increase of about $328,000 over the current year. Salaries make up the majority of the instructional portion of the budget.

The vote on the budget will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. May 21.

Three propositions will be on the ballot. The first proposition is the overall budget. The second is to spend $118,000 from a reserve account on a new school bus. The third proposition would allow the district to establish a vehicle reserve fund, not to exceed $850,000 from surplus funds.

Ljiljanich said the budget that will be presented to the voters includes art, music and sports activities. A contingency budget would mean the district would move to a zero increase and would not allow community activities and other extracurricular programs.

Two positions on the School Board also will be on the ballot. Petitions for the board election are available until April 22 in the district clerk’s office.

In other business, the superintendent said he has been working with a committee on school safety issues. He said visitors to the school will be required to use one of the two main entrances, to state a purpose for their entry, to show identification and to wear a visitor’s tag while in the building.

The board moved its next regular meeting to April 23 from April 24.