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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339

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Fort Plain BOE adopts 2015-16 budget proposal

The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education adopted the $19,000,000 school budget proposal for 2015-16 on April 15. The proposed plan reflects an increase of 1.06 percent – or $200,000 - in spending over the current year and carries a tax levy increase of zero percent. The proposal will be put before voters on May 19.

“The Board of Education crafted the proposed budget with a goal of improving programs in a fiscally responsible manner, keeping the estimated tax levy below the district’s tax levy limit,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton. Under the tax levy limit law adopted in 2012, the district needed to keep the tax levy limit at or below 3.95 percent in order to pass with a simple majority vote (50 percent plus 1).

And despite the fact that the proposed budget will go before voters with no increase in the tax levy, program offerings will increase in Art in the elementary grades. All current academic programs will be maintained, including the 3rd grade swim program and the full-day pre-k program. The plan also includes hiring a part-time agri-business teacher through HFM BOCES, and increases the Family Peer Advocate position to full time.

"We have been fortunate to be able to maintain and increase our academic programs into next year," said Superintendent Douglas C. Burton.

To maintain the tax levy at a zero percent increase, the proposal calls for the use of $950,000 from the district’s savings to help offset costs to the tax payers. Fort Plain received a small increase in state aid for 2015-16, because of changes in the Gap Elimination Adjustment (a reduction in state aid applied to all school districts in an effort to close the state's structural deficit).

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the Jr./Sr. High School auditorium.

Polls will be open on May 19 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Harry Hoag Elementary School.