1.9 percent tax levy increase for B-G taxpayers despite staff, program cuts

BAINBRIDGE – Residents of the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District will face an estimated 1.9 percent tax levy increase in the coming year, based on the tentative budget adopted by the district’s board of education last week. The increase is not due to an increase in spending, however, but rather to state aid cuts which are forcing local taxpayers to shoulder a larger portion of the cost to operate the district.

According to Superintendent Karl Brown, the proposed budget for the 2010-11 academic year totals $16,403,196; a 2.2 percent, or $365,443, decrease in spending compared to the current year’s spending plan.

Faced with state aid reduction to the tune of $837,350 – and recognizing that there is only so much local taxpayers can take – B-G’s school leaders have spent the last four months going through the budget line-by-line. In their efforts to close the gap between the district’s revenues and expenses, a number of staffing and program cuts were identified.

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