SOUTH DAYTON - The Pine Valley Central School board is working on its budget for the upcoming school year, with a tax increase of around 3 percent being discussed.
The district is looking to cut its budget wherever possible, including reducing summer help from students within the district, according to board member Matt Waag.
"We're not going to hire kids this year," he said.
The district hired two students last summer and neither wanted to return to the position. The district will also contract their phone service through BOCES. By switching to BOCES, the district will save about $8,000 per year. The district is also seeing reductions in the district's gas bill and supplies, and will also see retirement savings in the budget. Pete Morgante, district superintendent, said the district is trying to save money wherever it can.
When the public votes on the budget, there will be a proposition for the purchase of three new buses, as well as a student representative position on the board. The bus proposition will not exceed $336,538, since the board is still discussing options on engines and painting the roofs for the buses.
Deanna Schettine, district business executive, said the district is waiting on some funding numbers from the state. She also said there will be an increase in taxes this year. The district needs to start slowly increasing taxes now or district residents will face a sharp increase in future years. The current tax levy will be less than the state's tax cap but is proposed to increase is 3 percent. Schettine said the district is still working on the revenue budget.
The budget hearing will take place on May 9 at 7 p.m. in the board conference room in the elementary school. The budget vote will take place on May 21 from noon to 9 p.m.