ABOUT THE BUDGET

The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manager, benefit students and staff and be accountable to taxpayers.

Each spring the board of education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote. New York state has designated the third Tuesday in May as the date for school district budget votes.

2022-23 BUDGET INFORMATION

SCHOOL BUDGET

On Tuesday, May 17, voters will decide on a $13,523,602 proposed budget for 2022-23. The proposal continues all current student programs and support services and presents an increase in spending of $1,553,956 over the current year’s budget.

Approximately half of the budget increase is associated with planned debt service payments from capital improvement projects approved by voters in prior years and bus lease agreements. The other half of the budget increase represents staffing changes and additions that were made during the 2021-22 school year and will be made during the 2022-23 school year.

ALSO ON THE BALLOT

Residents will elect one member to its five-member Board of Education the term beginning July 1, 2022. This vacancy was created by the expiration of the term of Board of Education member Jennifer L. Swarts on June 30, 2022. This will be a full, five-year term. The candidates are Timothy Bailey and Jennifer Swarts.

District residents will vote to authorize the purchase of one passenger vehicle at a maximum cost of $60,000. The vehicle would be purchased through funds that are saved in the district’s Bus Reserve Fund. Reserve funds act like savings accounts and allow the district to set aside money for use in the future. By establishing a reserve fund, the district can mitigate the financial impact of large purchases, such as a school bus or passenger vehicle.

District residents will also vote to authorize a five-year leasing agreement for one 66-passenger bus at a maximum cost of $130,000. By leasing brand-new buses on a five-year cycle, the district saves money on maintenance and repair costs, while maintaining a fleet whose vehicles are never more than five years old.

Additionally, voters will select two seats on the Arkport Public Library Board of Trustees and authorize the district to levy and collect $36,572 in taxes to support the public library’s services and offerings.

New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ requests, to levy and collect taxes for libraries.

The libraries are separate legal entities from the school district, with their own funding and budget. The amount of the tax levy collected by a school district for a library remains the same each year until the library requests a proposition to change that amount.