Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - The Indian Lake Town Board and the Indian Lake Central School District Board of Education are working together to educate residents about the local effects of state aid cuts and rally lobbying support.
School Board Vice President David Harrington attended the Town Board's March 11 meeting to solicit support for the 2013/14 school budget.
Harrington and other BOE members have been making the rounds to speak to groups such as the volunteer fire and ambulance corps and North Country Crafters in an effort to get the word out and answer questions.
The school is facing a significant cut in state aid, including $109,000 less in high tax aid and $98,577 less in operational aid, which, if not restored, will push the tax levy up by 6.8 percent. If all the cuts were restored the tax levy would go up 3.78 percent. The school's cap for this year is 3.26 percent.
Admitting no one wants to see their taxes go up, including him, Harrington believes that without restoration of the cuts in school aid it will be necessary to override the cap because, "We need to keep our school and town viable. This is important for the community."
The state budget agreement announced March 20 includes over $100 million more for school aid than the Executive Budget called for, but it is not yet known if that means ILCS will have some or all of its state aid restored.
The board asked Supervisor Brian Wells to try to arrange a meeting of the board with Assemblyman Marc Butler for April 12, 19 or 26 to discuss the problem.
The Town Board will next meet Monday, April 8, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.