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Now online: Weigh in on proposed district budget

March 23, 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 recently had an opportunity to answer that question on Tuesday, March 22 when the district hosted a mini-Community Conversation that  focused on budget priorities for the coming year. Those who were unable to attend the evening event can still participate in the conversation through an online survey.

The survey will remain open through the close of business on Monday, April 4!

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) REVIEW the March 22 Budget Priority worksheet [pdf]

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) COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY

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