District proposal would lower taxes

OPPENHEIM – Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School is working on a proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year that so far totals $18.5 million and would decrease the tax levy by $37,000.

New additional expenditures have been included in the budget, such as $146,000 for workers’ compensation, $70,000 for a full-time psychologist, $90,000 for reading and math coaches and $26,500 for summer school. These new expenditures total $650,500, bringing costs to $18.1 million. As of now, the budget increases expenditures by $365,000 over the current budget.

The budget proposal previously totaled $18.95 million, but school officials have made some cuts in health insurance, Medicare cand Title I costs.

The district estimates $4.7 million in property taxes are needed, representing a $37,000 drop from 2013-14, or a 0.08 percent decrease.

State aid to the district – not including building aid – is $11.6 million, up 4.31 percent.

Last year, OESJ district voters approved an $18.1 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.