General Brown voters approve $24.3 million budget; elect two board members
General Brown Central School District voters approved the district’s $24.3 million 2020-21 budget proposal, elected two board of education members and approved the purchase of four new buses.
- A $24,334,794 budget for the 2020-21 school year that decreases spending 3.29% ($828,583) and carries a 5.40% tax levy increase: 1,237 yes; 633 no
- Purchasing four new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $375,000: 1,310 yes; 483 no
Board of Education Election
Four candidates sought election to two open board of education seats. They are:
- Natalie Hurley: 949 votes;
- Scott Lytle: 1,000 votes;
- Albert Romano, Jr.: 782 votes; and
- Kimberly Shuler: 778 votes.
The terms are three years, beginning July 1, and will be filled by the candidates with the two highest vote totals: Natalie Hurley and Scott Lytle.
School budget is at its tax cap
The 2020-21 budget's tax levy increase of 5.40% is at the district’s calculated tax levy limit, per the state’s property tax levy cap law. The limit does not cap how much a district can raise through property taxes. Instead, it determines at what level a school district must have a supermajority (60 percent) rather than a simple majority (50% plus one) approve the budget proposal.
Because General Brown proposed a budget with a tax levy increase at than its allowable limit, the budget required a simple majority vote for authorization.
More information about the budget is available on the district website’s Business page.