Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00
Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick presented the first budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year at the North Shore Central School District Board of Education meeting Jan. 17 that would present a 4.5 percent increase over the current budget.
“This is the initial draft being presented to the board,” he said, adding that the board would go through the budget line by line at a subsequent meeting.
Before beginning his presentation, he invited residents of the district to host “budget coffees” in their homes, where he and Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi would be present to answer questions in a more informal setting.
The “bottom line” budget-to-budget increase presented would represent a 4.5 percent, or $4,159,000 increase, over the current budget. Of that, $3,357,000 is slated for increases in healthcare, the NYS retirement fund and debt service - money that the board cannot touch - leaving only about $700,000 that the board has control over.
He went over the details of the tax levy limit legislation and highlighted areas that will have an increase in revenue and expense next year. Ultimately, about $350,000 needs to be trimmed from the budget to stay within the tax levy limit.
After the presentation, the board members discussed the huge burden placed on the districts for the retirement fund.