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On Mar. 22, weigh in on the proposed district budget


March 18, 2016—If you had $350,000, or $700,000 or even a million dollars to apply to the proposed 2016-17 Guilderland Central School District budget, what would YOU do with it?

Residents will have the opportunity to answer that question on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. when the district hosts a “mini” Community Conversation that will focus on budget priorities for the coming year. The hour-long session will take place in the Guilderland High School LGI Room just prior to the Board of Education meeting.

On March 3, Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles introduced a preliminary proposed budget totaling $95,023,100 that would include a 1.42 percent increase in spending and carry an estimated tax levy increase of 1.35 percent, an amount just under the district’s tax cap limit. The proposed budget would also use $470,000 of fund balance to provide a balanced spending plan.

Read more about the Superintendent’s budget.

In the proposed plan, revenue estimates rely on a still-unclear state aid picture. The state budget, which by law is due by April 1, is expected to include more state aid for Guilderland above the Governor’s proposed Executive Budget, though estimates vary significantly and final figures will not be known until the budget is approved. The Superintendent’s budget plan was crafted with aid figures contained in the Governor’s Executive Budget which was released in January.

Additional state aid would allow the school district to consider budget requests from building and other district leaders that were not included in the Superintendent’s proposed budget.

We are interested in hearing from you about your priorities for programs and services for the 2016-2017 school year, should the district be allocated additional state aid.

Participation is easy:

1) Download the March 22 Budget Priority worksheet [pdf] (instructions on how to fill out the worksheet are included.) Is something missing? There is room on the worksheet to make your own recommendation.

2) Need more information about some or all of the budget requests? Read or download details of each budget addition included on the worksheet [pdf]

3) Bring the worksheet with you on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. for an hour-long Community Conversation in the High School LGI room.
We hope to see you there!