The Minisink Valley Board of Education unanimously adopted a proposed $114,254,308 budget for the 2023-24 school year, which maintains all current student programs and services, at its April 20 meeting.
This proposed budget increases spending by $8,430,923 from the current year, and includes a 3.74 percent tax levy increase.
The proposed 3.74 percent increase in the tax levy – total amount of money to be raised through property taxes – is within the New York State tax cap requirement. The proposed budget needs a simple majority to be approved.
2023-24 Proposed School Budget
Detailed budget information is also available at: 2023-24 school budget development.
“We remain and are fully committed to the prudent and respectful use of taxpayer dollars,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan. “The proposed budget’s increases, over last year’s approved budget, are tied to contractual obligations, debt service — which are costs associated with capital improvement projects to our facilities, and mandated services to special education students along with budgeted contingency funds for unexpected emergency costs for the next school year.”
Also on the May 16 ballot is Proposition 2, which asks voters to decide on the purchase of 15 school buses in the amount of $2,889,660. State aid will cover $2,125,963, or 75 percent of the total cost. The net cost to the district, after state aid is applied, is $763,697.
Additionally, residents will elect three members to the Board of Education for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026. Candidates, in ballot order, are:
- Patricia M. Reynolds
- Jessica Eli
- Shawn Cahill
- Ruth A. Luis
Voters will cast ballots on Tuesday, May 16 with NEW VOTING hours running from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at two polling locations, depending on their polling district: The Intermediate School Gym A on the district’s Route 6 campus or Otisville Elementary School.
The annual budget newsletter will be mailed to all residents in early May.
The district’s budget hearing will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Middle School auditorium.