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School And Library Budgets Approved

Roslyn district stays under the property tax cap

Roslyn School District officials are pleased with the passage of its 2012-13 budget. The $99,445,327 proposed budget, which represented a 1.85 percent increase over last year’s budget, was approved by a 672-267 margin.

“It has been the firm conviction of the board of education and administration for some time that educational excellence and fairness to taxpayers are thoroughly compatible goals,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Brenner following the vote. “For several years, the district has consistently presented budgets to the community with increases under two percent, even while we forged ahead with any number of ground-breaking instructional initiatives. Our commitment to both fiscal responsibility and educational progress was affirmed in today’s vote.

More specifically, this year’s budget, school officials said, represents the fourth year in a row that the district has been meeting the requirements of the new property tax cap law. They added that for the past four years, the school budget has risen an average of 1.37 percent per year, and the tax levy has increased at an average rate of 1.25 percent per year.

Voters also re-elected Adam Haber, Dani E. Kline and David Seinfeld to new three-year terms on the board of education. The three incumbents ran unopposed.

“We appreciate the confidence shown by the community in its support of the board of education and the school budget,” said Haber, Kline and Seinfeld in a joint statement. “The members of our board work very well together, and we look forward to the continued success of the school district.”

In addition, the 2012-13 Bryant Library budget was approved, by a similar 685-248 margin.  The approved library budget totals $4,806,035, a slight increase in expenditures from the $4,657,257 total in 2011-12.

“The Bryant Library trustees, administrators and staff wish to give a sincere ‘thank you’ to the voters for approving this year’s library budget,” a library statement read. “Much work went into preparing a budget that would continue to offer the services our community expects while understanding the current economic climate. Your acknowledgement and acceptance of this effort is greatly appreciated.”