BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville Board of Education has presented a proposed budget of $45.5 million for the 2013-2014 school year, an increase of $1.2 million from the current budget.
The increase would represent a 2.7 percent increase in the budget, which would be a 3.21 percent increase in the tax levy, slightly below the permitted state tax cap.
At its second budget workshop of the year, the Board of Education pushed for additional reductions, but reached a consensus not to cut services or programs related to high school guidance, elementary music or newly established elective programs.
Board President David Brashear said that the dollar increase in the budget - $1.21 million – can be attributed to the increase in state mandates that are required to pay for the teacher retirement system.
“The Board strongly believes these budget measures are very helpful to long-term sustainability,” he said.
Assistant Superintendent Dan Carlin said the budget will increase the tax rate by 1.6 percent, less than the increase in the levy because the value of village properties has risen since the reevaluation.
A proposal to streamline modified basketball was embraced, but there was mixed comments in regards to altering clerical support in the athletic department. Private school transportation, a topic brought up during the fall workshops was also debated.
The budget will next be discussed at the March 21 Board of Education meeting.