MAYVILLE - A proposed 2012-2013 budget, largely unchanged from the current plan, was approved by the Chautauqua Lake Central School District Board of Education April 17 and now awaits voter approval at the May 15 election.
The $19,124, 484 proposal, while slightly reduced from the present budget of $19,248,241, would raise more money from the property tax levy than this school year - $10,418,502 compared with $10,187,733 at present. The $10,418,502 levy is the maximum allowed by the tax cap imposed by New York. The 2.27 percent increase meets the requirements of the state's cap because districts are allowed certain exemptions which are not calculated when determining the cap limit.
Much of the discussion at the meeting centered on the pressures imposed by New York State on small rural school districts. Chautauqua Lake Superintendent Benjamin Spitzer noted that the state aid total of $508,756 looks impressive, but only $7,962 is not for the building fund.
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Business official David Thomas, left, explains New York State budget procedures on April 17 during the Chautauqua Lake Central School Board of Education meeting as Secondary Principal Joshua Liddell listens.
The district's Business Official David Thomas told the board members that Chautauqua Lake's reserve for workman's compensation was "vulnerable to running out" and may start impacting the district's general budget. Thomas lamented the fiscal pressures placed by the state on the district constitute an "insane system."
Should the budget for the next school year fail to gain voter approval, a contingency budget totaling $18,871,734 would be imposed.
In other business, the board approved the candidacy of three seekers of the two board seats available. They are incumbents Michael Ludwig and Jill Scott along with Mary Lee Talbot.
With the exception of the category of students with disabilities, Chautauqua Lake received "good" ratings from the state, the board learned. The various ratings can be accessed at the district's website.
Resignations by teacher's assistant Suzanne Harper and Special Education teacher Linda Young were accepted. Mike Rohlin was approved as assistant coach for junior varsity softball, an unpaid position.