General Brown voters approve $25.4 million budget; elect 3 board members
On May 18, General Brown Central School District voters approved the district’s $25.4 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of up to four new buses. The budget proposition passed 200 to 69.
- A $25,454,592 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending 4.60% ($1,119,798) and carries a 3.85% tax levy increase: 200 yes; 69 no
- Purchasing four new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $365,000: 212 yes; 54 no
Board of Education election
Three candidates sought election to three open board of education seats. They are:
- Albert Romano Jr.: 215 votes
- Kelly Milkowich: 205 votes
- Jamie Lee: 204 votes
The terms are three years, beginning July 1.
School budget is at its tax cap
The 2021-22 budget's tax levy increase of 3.85% 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 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.