Board of Education adopts 2012-13 proposed budget
April 18, 2012 -
At a meeting on April 16, the Board of Education adopted a
$61,613,356 proposed budget for 2012-13. This budget represents a
spending increase of 2.39 percent, and will result in a tax levy
increase of 2.21 percent – an increase that meets the district’s legal
limit under the new tax levy cap legislation.
Voters will also vote to authorize the purchase of
four new school buses and select among eight candidates for three open
seats on the Board of Education.
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Challenges include loss in federal aid,
rising costs and constraints of new tax levy cap law
In order to balance the budget for next year, Goshen
had to close a budget gap of $712,134 – the result of rising costs for
contractual salaries, retirement and health insurance premiums, the loss
of Education Jobs Fund monies, and the constraints of the new tax levy
In the wake of these challenges, the district built
the proposed budget so that vital student programs and employee
positions were preserved as much as possible – while meeting its
allowable levy of 2.21 percent, which will need a simple majority of 50
percent plus one for approval.
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“It was our intention to create a budget that
retained important academic programs,” said Superintendent Daniel
Connor. “At the same time, the new tax levy cap legislation gives voters
the expectations of tax relief, and we want to meet their expectations
as much as possible without sacrificing our educational standards.”
Goshen will receive an increase of $603,669 in state
aid for next year (approximately $389,000 more than
the district originally anticipated). However, even with the
increase, state aid levels are still only slightly
more than what the district received in 2005-06.
In addition, the district will lose federal funding
under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known as the
Education Jobs Fund (EJF). The funding will end on June 30, and the
district’s loss of EJF – $634,341 – was not included in the state aid
figure. Losing these funds turns what appears to be an approximate
$603,669 gain in state aid into an approximate $30,672 loss in aid over
the current year.
Still, the district was able to retain programs and
staff, with no cuts – only limited reductions in specific BOCES
programs, supplies and contractual agreements. In addition, there are no
staff cuts in 2012-13, although vacated positions will be left unfilled.
Details about the proposed budget will be mailed
to district residents in early May and will also be posted on the
website. Stay tuned for more detailed information.