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Poland Board of Education adopts proposed $14.7 million budget

April 11, 2019



POLAND – The Poland Central School District Board of Education adopted on Thursday, April 11, a proposed $14.7 million budget for the 2019-20 school year.

The proposed spending plan is a 2.49 percent increase from the current school year and carries a 2.49 percent increase in the property tax levy.

“Academics, student safety, transportation, maintenance, sports, the arts, other extracurricular activities and more are all part of a school budget,” Poland Central School District Superintendent Laura Dutton said. “The budget adopted by the Board of Education would allow the district to maintain or build upon our programs in all of those areas. School budgets also aim to be fiscally responsible to district residents.”

The school budget hearing is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in the school library.  The school budget vote is from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in the school cafeteria.  For more information on the proposed budget, visit www.polandcs.org/budget.

Poland’s proposed property tax levy increase is below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit of 3.5 percent. New York state instituted the property tax levy limit eight years ago, and for the eighth time, Poland’s proposed budget stays at or below the limit.  For the owner of a home fully valued at $100,000 who receives the Basic STAR exemption, the proposed tax levy increase of 2.49 percent would have an impact of $23.10 per year.

There are two Board of Education seats that are up for election during the vote on Tuesday, May 21. One is a five-year term from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024, for the seat currently held by Amanda Hobin. The other is for a term from May 22, 2019, through June 30, 2023, for the seat currently held by appointee Melissa Allen. Whichever candidate receives the most votes during the election will win the board seat with the longest term, and the candidate with the second most votes will fill the other seat.

Board of Education nominating petitions are available from District Clerk Donna Wellington and must be completed no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22. To obtain a petition packet, contact Mrs. Wellington at 315-826-0203.