NEWCOMB - The Newcomb Central School Board of Education adopted a proposed budget April 24 which features an increase in general operating appropriations of $111,815 and an additional $95,000 for a new 60-passenger school bus.
The proposed budget would increase $206,815 or 4.38 percent over the 2008-09 $4.7 million school budget.
The tax rate for homestead parcels would increase from $2.02 per $1,000 of assessed value to $2.17, while non-homestead parcels would see an increase from $10.84 to $11.63.
Worst case scenario estimates place the total increase in the local tax levy at $227,871 or 7.25 percent according to Business Administrator Nancy O'Brien.
"We believe we have approved an appropriate budget for the times we are in," Newcomb Central School Superintendent Skip Hults said Monday.
The budget features general appropriations of $4.8 million - a 2.38 percent increase over 2008-09. The transportation budget has a 2 percent increase over last year, due to the purchase of the new school bus.
Total expenses crack $4.9 million.
There are no proposed cuts in staffing or wholesale programming, Hults said.
"We gathered a lot of input from the teachers," Hults said. "We looked hard at what we can get by without this year."
Hults said the only cuts in programming are in reducing new materials and activities like books and field trips.
Further, the board proposed reducing cost by providing some BOCES programs in-house, Hults said.
"Transporting students to Warrensburg is very hard on the student and also costly," Hults said.
Citizens will vote on the proposed budget May 19.