COLTON The Colton-Pierrepont Central School District is heading into the budget process facing a spending increase next year of nearly $500,000, Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash said.
The reason is expected increases in retirement contributions, salaries, Social Security, health insurance and BOCES spending, he said.
If you total all of that up, that would be about $475,000, he said. Thats where were starting.
Mr. Kardash said without an increase in state aid, a spending increase of that amount would translate to roughly a 7 percent tax levy increase. He said he has not yet received the necessary information from the state to calculate what the districts tax cap ceiling will be for this years budget process, but he did say those numbers could change.
The BOCES numbers havent been received yet, and salaries are being negotiated, he said. If those numbers change, that could come down.
Another item that could make the number come down is increased aid.
Hopefully there will be more aid, Mr. Kardash said. Any increase in aid will bring this down.
He stressed the district isnt proposing a 7 percent tax levy increase and noted this was only the boards first glimpse of this years budgeting process. Until the district receives its state aid estimates, there isnt really anything else it can do, he said.
Thats basically what we have because the governor hasnt given us any information yet, he said.
The districts voters approved a $9,470,000 budget for 2012-13 that reflected a spending increase of $85,000 or 0.91 percent. The districts tax levy of $6,790,000 increased 2.03 percent.
According to the 2012-13 property tax rolls for the Colton-Pierrepont School District, the town of Coltons assessed value decreased slightly last year, leading to an increase in the towns equalization rate. Therefore, Colton taxpayers saw a smaller tax rate increase than those in Pierrepont or Parishville.