West Genesee budget calls for 2.5% tax increase
As community members get ready to vote on their school budgets, districts continue to make last minute changes and update the public. The West Genesee Superintendent presented a budget to the community Tuesday night. As our Katie Gibas reports, the district seems to be doing better than most.
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CAMILLUS, N.Y. -- As with every school district, West Genesee is doing more with less. Over the last two years, they cut programs and more than a 100 positions to balance the budget.
"It represents for us a new normal of this is probably what we're going to have resource-wise and we're going to make things work," said Dr. Christopher Brown, the West Genesee Superintendent.
The superintendent says a large reason why the district isn't in such dire straights this year is because employees took a wage freeze last year, which saved nearly 100 jobs.
This year, the superintendent presented a budget without any program or position cuts.
"They're going to see what they're seeing this year. We've had to make some reductions over the past few years. And now what we're going to try to do is retool some of the things that we have as standards change and testing changes and all of that," said Dr. Brown.
The budget also reduces the district's use of reserve funds, but it does call for a 2.5% tax increase, which will add just over $37 to the tax bill for someone with a $100,000 home.
"We're going to try to recognize that everybody's going through some challenging times and so are we and we're all going to respond to it together, in this community anyway and make it through this. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it's not an oncoming train, we don't think," said Brown.
The public will have the final say on the budget when they vote May 15th.
The district will host its official budget hearing Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the high school library.