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Carthage Central 2013-14 budget proposal at $55 million

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WEST CARTHAGE — The tax levy will not increase in Carthage Central’s proposed 2013-14 budget.

Business Manager Amy M. Marrocco presented the $55,062,797 proposal with no program or staff cuts to area residents and Board of Education members at Monday’s meeting at Carthage High School.

“We hoped to know our final revenues from the state today,” said Mrs. Marrocco. “Maybe we’ll know tomorrow. That’s just the way state legislation works.”

The proposal is a $2,089,828, or 3.9 percent, increase from the current year’s $52,972,969 budget.

As of Monday afternoon, Mrs. Marrocco said she was counting on $33,869,437 in state aid and $8 million in federal aid to help bolster the budget.

In addition, she proposed the board use $2 million from its fund balance and $1 million from reserves to keep the tax levy flat.

Employee benefits will increase from $13,758,272 to $15,191,085 — a $1,432,813 or 10.4 percent jump — next year due to increases to be paid into the Teacher Retirement Fund.

Interscholastic athletics will increase from $329,747 to $351,510, a $21,763 or 6.6 percent increase.

New positions expected at the district next year include two teachers, two teacher aides and two full-time bus drivers to be hired as needed. Mrs. Marrocco stressed that additions and reductions in staffing could still take place through April.

Although the cost of services from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services were not outlined in the final presentation, board member Mary Louise Hunt questioned the total amount BOCES charges after refund for the Whiz Quiz, the spelling bee and programs for the gifted. Before the refund, BOCES charges all districts a flat rate of $18,476.

“We’re cutting things all over the place,” said board member Mary Louise Hunt. “How much would it cost for kids to be a part of the spelling bee?”

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