Voters in the Moravia Central School District head back to the polls today to consider a revised school budget for the upcoming year, voters shot down the original spending plan last month.
The Moravia school board has revised the proposed budget; it now calls for a smaller tax levy increase and cuts nearly $170 thousand in spending.
The revised 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 today, 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.