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Chautauqua Lake superintendent warns tax cap woes not over

July 4, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - The state's tax cap on property values will probably negatively impact future budgets Chautauqua Lake Central School Superintendent Benjamin Spitzer informed school board members during a workshop session June 13.

"I do think we'll have to wrestle with the property tax cap again," Spitzer said.

The tax cap refers to the state's limit of how much municipalities and school districts can raise property levies.

Chautauqua Lake's current budget required various cut backs to stay under the cap, and Spitzer told the board, "We're going to have a new set of cuts." He wasn't specific about various economy measures, but explained present levels of state aid combined with the tax cap assure some cuts will be necessary.

Regarding the possible coordination of the Ripley and Chautauqua Lake school districts, CLCS Secondary Principal Beth Olson told board members, "We're making some good strides."

Olson gave as the latest example cooperation between Ripley and CLCS teachers on scoring various evaluations now required by the state. During the coming school year teachers will not be able to score evaluations from their own district, thus the recent coordination formed what Olson called a "bridge" toward meeting the new requirements.

School buses are still being fueled by the Village of Mayville because the school garage is awaiting parts to repair circuit boards damaged by a lightening strike, the board learned. The damage was reported to the board during its May 9 meeting. Mayville is supplying fuel at cost during the outage.

Asked before the latest meeting about the alleged sexual harassment of eighth-grade girls Superintendent Spitzer replied, "It's not appropriate to comment." Shannon McCaslin expressed concerns about the allegations during the public comment portion of the board's May 23 meeting.



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