Moravia School Board Proposes Revised Budget With 7.5% Tax Increase
The Moravia Central School District has released a revised school budget for next year, the amended budget comes after voters rejected the original proposed spending plan last month.
The Moravia school board held a public hearing Tuesday to gather public input on the revised spending plan which a smaller tax levy increase and cuts nearly $170 thousand in spending.
The revisited budget call for nearly $20 million in spending next year the proposed tax levy increase was reduced from just under 10% to just under 7.5%, which is under the state’s allowable tax cap.
In order to facilitate the cuts in spending the school board came up with some cost-cutting measures including no longer printing the district newsletter instead it will be sent home with students. The district will be opting into the employee retirement system pension deferment plan that allows for pension debts to be repaid at a later time.
District staff also agreed to take a pay freeze for the upcoming school year.
If the budget fails again when it heads to voters on June 18th, the district will be forced to adopt a contingency budget that will mandate no tax increases and force over half a million dollars in cuts. Those cuts would eliminate extracurricular activities, including athletics, and result in the elimination of as many as three teaching positions.