Hornell’s Proposed School Budget 2014-2015
March 6, 2014
HORNELL, NY – The Hornell Board of Education met Thursday night for a presentation of the 35 million dollar 2014-2015 budget. Business manager Patrick Flaitz outlined the beginnings of what will be the final budget proposal saying that the proposed budget will have a 3.35% increase, which will keep the district $26.00 under the tax cap in the next fiscal year adding that it will be a tight budget.
Background: Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a bill in 2010 called the Gap Elimination Adjustment in which the state “took back” funds from schools in order to help with the ten billion dollar deficit the state faced. Two years ago the State took away $1.4 million dollars, last year they took away $800,029 dollars and this year they took back $400,067 dollars. Flaitz said hopefully the trend will continue further reducing the burden on taxpayers in the city.
In other Hornell news, school board president Richard Scavo will be up for re-election on Tuesday May 26. Voting will be held at the High school lobby from 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm. Petitions for Hornell residents wishing to run for the seat which is a five year term, can be turned in starting April 1 – April 30.