Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
The Roslyn Board of Education is proposing a budget with minimal changes in spending and taxes. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 21 to vote on a budget of $102,065,212, a spending increase of 2.63 percent over the current year. The tax levy will rise 2.11 percent, which is within the limit mandated by New York State. All educational initiatives in literacy, math, foreign languages, technology, differentiated learning and character education will continue or even expand under the proposed spending plan. Class sizes will remain steady.
Over a five-year period including 2013-2014, the annual increase in the tax levy will average 1.4 percent. This includes three years prior to the enactment of the tax levy limit, when Roslyn reined in spending of its own accord in response to economic conditions.
Volunteer members of a district-wide committee have worked over the last few months on a comprehensive review of the district’s facilities. The outcome of their work, in part, is the basis for Proposition 3 on the ballot. Voters are asked to authorize the Board of Education to use $4,062,000 from the capital reserve funds that have already been set aside for this purpose in order to continue the district’s capital improvement program. A ‘yes’ vote for Proposition 3 will not increase taxes.
Proposition 4 voters are asked to approve the lease/purchase of five vehicles to replace older vehicles in the district’s fleet that are no longer road-worthy for the transportation of students. In years past, the acquisition of school buses was included as a regular line in the school budget; however, leasing companies now require specific voter approval for such transactions.
Also on the ballot on May 21 will be election of three trustees. Candidates will be chosen for two at large seats, and, due to the resignation of Board Trustee Dani Kline, a candidate will be chosen to complete her unexpired term.
The 2013-14 budget for the Bryant Library will be on the ballot as well.
Budget documents are posted in the Business and Finance section of the Roslyn School District web site (www.roslynschools.org). There is also a property tax calculator that residents can use to estimate their 2013-14 property taxes, based on the most currently available information on assessments and other factors that are beyond the school district’s control.
Voting will take place on Tuesday May 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Roslyn High School. To vote, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, 18 year old, a resident of the Roslyn School District for at least 30 days, and registered to vote in advance of election day. For additional information, contact the District Clerk at 801-5002.