City school board hears preliminary budget numbers

NORWICH – Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan gave a brief presentation on a preliminary budget for 2012-2013 to the Norwich City school board Monday night.

Since September, members of the board have witnessed a total of 11 presentations on the budget process, from buildings and grounds costs to transportation, debt service, special education, BOCES support services and all other aspects that make up the district’s yearly budget.

According to O’Sullivan, people can expect a budget increase of approximately 3 percent as compared to last year – from $37,090,193 to $38,215,355 – although he admitted the amount may decrease slightly over the next week as budget calculations continue.

The impact on the local tax levy is unknown at this time, as the district waits on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget. Any increase, however, will fall under the governor’s proposed 2 percent tax cap, said O’Sullivan. Over the past three years, district residents have seen very little in the way of increases to the tax levy – 1.87 percent last year and zero increase the two previous years – due to the district’s use of reserve funds. Over the past five years, the tax levy has increased an average of .82 percent per year, he added.

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