Board of Education adopts next year’s budget proposal
April 11, 2019 -- The Moravia Board of Education on April 10 adopted the district’s proposed $23,481,165 budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget calls for a 2.47 percent increase in spending over 2018-19 and carries a 1.34 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the spending plan to pass with a simple majority.
The fiscal plan includes no program reductions; adds a grades UPK-5 counselor, a grades 6-12 technology teacher, a special education teacher and one teacher aide; and increases technology support and special education services through BOCES.
On Tuesday, May 21, residents will vote on the budget proposal and also elect four members to the Board of Education; decide on a proposition to replace three 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $330,000; consider a proposal to establish a capital reserve fund to finance construction, renovation and related costs; and vote on a $75,000 proposed budget for Powers Library.
The annual budget public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Board of Education conference room, which is located in the Moravia Middle School-High School building at 68 S. Main St., Moravia. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 21, in the same location.
The school district’s property tax levy limit is 1.34 percent. This is the highest increase in local property taxes that can be approved by a simple majority of voters. Anything higher would require approval by a supermajority, or at least 60 percent of ballots cast.