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Springville-Griffith budget within state tax cap approved

By Dave Dahl

suburban Correspondent

The Springville-Griffith Institute Central School Board adopted its 2014-15 budget Tuesday night by a vote of 4-1.

Joan Kelly, the board’s vice president, cast the opposing vote.

Voters will see a tax levy increase from $14.7 million this year to $15.16 million for 2014-15; the increase stays within the state tax cap.

The spending plan eliminates a special-education teacher and special-education teacher’s aide and creates a curriculum coordinator and a kindergarten teaching position at Springville Elementary School.

Spending and revenues will rise from $34.91 million to $36.14 million.

District officials also expect state financial aid to jump from $16.15 million to $16.79 million and sales tax revenue to remain at $1.9 million.

The proposal also would raise spending on instruction from $16.54 million to $17.01 million and employee benefits from $8.19 million to $8.53 million.

Officials maintained programs and budgeted for a social worker, grant writer and transportation supervisor stipend.

The district also plans to spend $502,426 from its reserves. No money came from reserve accounts in 2013-14.

District officials warned that gloomier budgets loom on the horizon.

They believe expenses will exceed revenues by $1.61 million in 2015-16 and by $3.46 million in 2016-17.

The budget vote and board election are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 20 in the high school, Colden Elementary School and Collins Center Fire Hall.