Proposed 2014-15 OESJ budget cuts

OPPENHEIM – The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education recently adopted a proposed $18.5 million budget that, if approved, would reduce the tax levy for district residents.

The board unanimously approved an $18.5 million budget for 2014-15 with a tax levy of about $4.8 million, which reflects a 1 percent reduction from 2013-14. The proposed budget would increase academic support for students and set aside $500,000 in the district’s Tax Relief Reserve Fund to help stabilize future tax rates, a news release said.

The proposed budget carries a year-to-year spending increase of 2.3 percent, the release said, which is the result of one-time expenditures that will not need to be repeated in the 2015-16 budget.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 7 in the OESJ High School auditorium.