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Greenville BoE adopts $33.7 million 2022-23 budget

May 01, 2022 12:30 pm

Ted Remsnyder is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Greenville Board of Education April 11, unanimously adopted a proposed $33.7 million budget for the 2022-23 school year. The spending plan includes a more than $800,000 increase in spending over the current year and calls for an increase in the tax levy of 2.25 percent, less than the state-mandated cap of 3.56 percent. The district's 2021-22 budget was approved by voters by a margin of 333 to 103. Greenville Superintendent Michael Bennett hopes that trend will continue this year.“We continue to maintain a tax rate that’s below the tax cap and keep the tax levy below what it could be. So we want to make sure that we continue to impress upon our community that we’re creating opportunities and programs for our students while also being fiscally responsible to our community and understanding that we’ve got the responsibility to do both," he said. Bennett was hired as superintendent on March 7, after serving as the assistant superintendent of the Schodack Central School District in Rensselaer County for the last eight years. This is his first budget proposal with Greenville. The spending plan includes $25.94 million for programs, $5.34 million in capital funding and $3.42 million in administrative funding. In addition to voting on the budget, district residents will be asked to vote on two propositions — the first to acquire a fleet of school buses for a sum not exceed $1.26 million and the second to establish a $2 million capital reserve fund to finance building upgrades and renovations. The board will hold its budget hearing on May 3; the annual budget vote and school board election is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 17, at the Scott M. Ellis Elementary School. Read the full story at hudsonvalley360 [dot] com.