Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Waverly/Tioga Schools: A look at proposed school budgets ahead of election day

Waverly/Tioga Schools: A look at proposed school budgets ahead of election day

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Voters in the Mamaroneck and Rye Neck school districts will be deciding budgets for the 2018-19 school year Tuesday. Also vying for a seat on the board are newcomers Katrina Talbot Bratge and Denise A. Szarek. The victor will replace former School Board member Heather McCallion who left her post on the board after the 2017 election, for undisclosed reasons.

Voters will also elect school board trustees and decide on a variety of other propositions, such as new bus purchases in some districts. The board would consist of three members of the School Board, two members of the City Council and the Mayor.

The increases under these proposed budgets, though at their highest point for the region in five years, remain tightly regulated by the state's cap restrictions on local taxation.

In Sagaponack, voting continues until 8:30 p.m. But Susan Binder has opted not to seek re-election.

A full 100 percent of districts' spending plans in Nassau and Suffolk counties - 124 budgets in all - passed in the initial round of balloting at this time a year ago, meaning that no revotes were needed in June. Additionally, voters will be asked to approve the proposed $8.3 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year.

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Spending plans for 669 districts across the state are up to vote and have to comply with the rules for the state's cap on property taxes for the eighth consecutive year. The proposed local property tax levy of $9.92 million to help fund the budget is up from $9.75 million in 2017-18.

Ms. Diener is the only candidate who is not a newcomer.

"The board commends her for her professionalism and her focus on students, and it is satisfied that our organization is heading in the right direction at this time".

Kenneth Bossert, the Elwood superintendent, said the district's board was mindful of two things: federal tax law and the fact that voters in November approved a $34.5-million bond issue for school renovations.

As for Amagansett, two candidates will be vying for one seat on the board: incumbent Dawn Rana-Brophy and newcomer Mary Eames.

The additional funds were initially for three additional school-resource officers.

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