ROSCOE — Voters in the Roscoe Central School District will head back to the polls on June 20 to vote on a revised budget after the first budget failed to reach the 60 percent super …
ROSCOE — Voters in the Roscoe Central School District will head back to the polls on June 20 to vote on a revised budget after the first budget failed to reach the 60 percent super majority needed to pass.
Over the past two weeks, members of the community were invited to school board meetings to share opinions on which way the budget should go, and last Wednesday, the school board voted to put forth a budget that falls under the 3.23 percent tax cap.
“Although a majority of voters approved the first proposed budget, there was not enough support for it to pass at the state-required supermajority,” Superintendent John Evans said. “We have heard the voice of the voters and are presenting a revised budget proposal that carries a lower tax levy increase, which, unfortunately, will limit the programs we can offer.”
In a powerpoint presentation shown to the school board on Wednesday night, budget reductions included eliminating a music position, leaving a comp tech position vacant, and offering retirement incentives for three other positions. Notably, Roscoe’s athletic budget will be cut, saving an additional $115,000 dollars, for a total gross savings of $588,688.
If the second proposed budget does not pass, an additional $178,026 reduction will be needed for the school board to adopt a contingent budget.
Prior to the vote on June 20, a budget hearing will be hosted in the school cafeteria tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
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