INDIAN LAKE - The Indian Lake Central School Board of Education adopted a proposed budget April 21 which includes the elimination of a full-time special education teaching position.
The $5.7 million proposed budget would be an increase of $156,470 or 2.82 percent from the current year, Superintendent Mark Brand said.
The tax levy would increase $99,053 over 2008-09 topping out at $4.43 million - an increase of 2.28 percent.
"This year there are a couple things driving up the budget," Brand said. "The board looked at every line item to find a savings."
The tax rate is projected to drop from $7.06 per $1,000 of assessed value to $6.94.
The board decided to cut a special education position, but expense wasn't the only deciding factor.
"It has to do with our enrollment figures more than anything else," Brand said.
Brand said that in concert with the axed special education position, the budget calls for the creation of an additional building maintenance position.
"The goal is to have as many of our projects done in-house as possible," Brand said. "According to our five-year plan we have a whole list of projects that need to be done and this position will tackle them."
Further, the board has proposed the creation of a $50,000 reserve fund to combat future shortfalls and fund building upgrades.
"It was a good move on the board's part," Brand said. "We need a plan to fund these things."
The vote to adopt or reject the budget will be on May 19.