By Kathryn G. Menu
In the Sag Harbor School District, voters will be asked to weigh in on an adopted $35.51 million budget for the 2013-14 school year. The budget maintains all programs currently in place in Sag Harbor and also falls below the state mandated lax levy cap.
The 2013-2014 budget represents a 3.88 percent increase over the current $34.18 million spending plan. The tax levy is $32.74 million, a 3.78 percent increase over this year’s levy. Due to exclusions in the tax cap formula, the district could increase the levy by as much as 4.06 percent before piercing the tax cap.
Some changes made to the original budget include increases of $10,000 to cover revised projections to fund the summer program, $25,000 dedicated to funding student drug and alcohol programs, $30,000 to upgrade or enhance school communication systems at the elementary school and $40,000 to install security cameras at all exterior doors at Pierson Middle/High School and an entry alert system.
Voters will also be asked to weigh in on two propositions in addition to the budget. Proposition 2 would allow the district to keep in place its current transportation policy to allow bus transportation for all residents in kindergarten through 12th grade who live between one and 15 miles of their school.
Proposition 3 would allow the district to spend $1.11 million to repair the elementary school roof as well as the roof at Pierson Middle/High School and the bleachers at Pierson.
According to a budget presentation by business administrator John O’Keefe, $240,000 of the work will be funded in the 2013-2014 budget with $873,600 coming out of the district’s “Facilities Renovation Capital Reserve Fund.”
Funding the project this way means there will be no additional cost to the taxpayers to cover the costs of these projects if the referendum is approved.
The budget vote and board of education election will be held in the Pierson Middle/High School gymnasium on Tuesday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.