Express News Staff
LONG LAKE - The second draft of the Long Lake Central School District 2013/14 Budget is down about $36,000 from the first.
The second draft shows estimated expenditures of $3.96 million. This includes a planned balance of $285,000 (the same as the 2012/13 budget).
This leaves the budget up $60,754 (1.5 percent) from this school year's $3.90 million. The 2011/12 budget was $3,970,596.
Projected revenues are $1,213,131 (including the $285,000 in planned balance), leaving $2,747,774 to be raised through taxes. This would result in a tax rate of $4.09484 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of $0.3421 or $34.21 on a home assessed at $100,000.
As recently as 2006/07 the tax rate was $6.9555.
Under the draft budget the tax levy would go up by $229,560, or 9.12 percent. Under the state formula the school district's cap on a tax levy increase this year is 3.3114 percent.
Anything above that requires approval by a super majority of voters - 60 percent or more - to pass. If voters do not approve the budget (two votes are allowed), the Board of Education must adopt a budget with no increase in the tax levy.
When the Board of Education met Thursday, March 14, Fulton-Essex-Hamilton BOCES Superintendent Stephen Shafer gave a presentation on the Hamilton County and local school district demographic profile trends produced by Cornell University.
The study assumes the declines in population and student enrollment of the past 10 years will continue at the same pace into the future.
At that rate, BOE Member Michael Nerney joked, in the next century both the county and the school would have populations of less than zero. Shafer appreciated the joke but said the study is useful to begin planning for the future.
"I'm not here to recommend anything. I'm just mentioning your options," Shafer said.
Options include paying tuition to send some or all grades to another school district, Shafer said, such as Tupper Lake, Indian Lake or Newcomb.
Shafer did not go into the details of how expensive tuitioning students to another district might be, because there are complicated formulas to determine how much a hosting district may charge.
To see the Cornell study go to http://pad.human.cornell.edu/. Under Data click on New York Counties or School Districts and follow the instructions.
-- Virginia Jennings was approved as a substitute pending fingerprint clearance.
-- An overnight field trip to Washington, D.C. was approved for grades seven and eight.
-- Current "snow" days will be May 24, May 28 (instead of April 8) and June 21.
The BOE will next meet Tuesday, April 16, starting at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.