Voters approve $23.5 million 2019-20 budget, elect four Board of Education members
On May 21, Moravia Central School District residents approved the district’s proposed $23.5 million budget for the 2019-20 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.47% increase in spending over 2018-19 and carries a 1.34% tax levy increase.
Approved the $23,481,165 budget for the 2019-20 school year that increases spending by $565,468 over this year’s budget, and carries a tax levy increase of $109,193: 332 yes, 64 no
Elected four members to the Board of Education: Shawn Becker (319), Jeffrey Carmichael (318 votes), Kärin Dillon (298 votes) and Terry Thompson (297 votes). Becker, Carmichael and Dillon each will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019. Terry Thompson will take office immediately and remain in office until June 30, 2020.
Approved the purchase of three 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $330,000: 320 yes, 71 no.
Approved the establishment of a capital reserve fund not to exceed $2 million to finance site work, construction, renovation and related costs: 326 yes, 64 no.
Approved a $75,000 budget proposed for Powers Library: 298 yes, 90 no.
“We appreciate all those citizens who came out to the polls today,” Superintendent of Schools John Birmingham said. “Our students are lucky to be learning and growing in a community that values and supports a world-class education, and I’m honored to help guide that mission.”
The proposed tax levy increase of 1.34% is within the tax levy limit that is calculated for 2019-20 through a prescribed state formula. As a result, the budget required the support of a simple majority (50% plus one) of voters to be approved. The 2019-20 budget was approved by 83% of Moravia voters.
As approved, the fiscal plan maintains all current programs; 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.
“Thank you so much for your continued support,” Board President Michelle Lyon said. “The school district could not thrive and provide a safe and welcoming place for students without the support of our community.”