The Wilson School District plans to add one part-time staff member in technology support in its proposed 2016-17 budget, which will be presented in a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium, 374 Lake St.
Superintendent Michael Wendt said the proposed $25,593,096 budget for 2016-17 otherwise maintains staffing and programs. It represents a 2.7 percent increase over the current budget, attributed to “rising costs and the necessity of maintaining programs and contracts.”
Wendt said the district proposes a 1 percent tax levy increase in the 2016-17 budget and does not anticipate an increase in property taxes, which are estimated to remain steady.
In a cost-cutting move, the district entered into a shared-services agreement with the North Tonawanda School District this year, sharing a director of buildings and grounds, Wendt said. He said the district intends to continue that contract in 2016-17.
Voters go to the polls May 17 to approve or reject the budget and also vote on the propositions and candidates for the School Board.
• Proposed total budget:
$25,593,096, up 2.7 percent
• Proposed tax levy:
$11,325,000, up 1.1 percent
• Tax levy increase allowed under cap:
• Planning to go over tax cap:
• What could be cut:
“We always try and cut as far from programs as possible,” Wendt said.
• What could be added:
A part-time staffer in technology support.
• What is a tax levy?
The tax levy is the total amount of taxes collected from property owners.
• What is the tax cap?
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo instituted the tax cap three years ago to help control local taxes. It is billed as a 2 percent tax cap but is actually based on the rate of inflation. Each district’s cap is different because of a complicated formula and can be higher or lower than 2 percent.
– Teresa Sharp, Niagara correspondent