Dear Community Member,
On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 you will be asked to vote on the 2022-2023 school budget, two other propositions, and two Board member seats. I would like to share with you the highlights of the budget and information pertaining to the propositions as well as inform you about the Board candidates.
The Board of Education and I believe the proposed budget meets two important criteria. First, it offers our children the opportunity to receive a high quality educational program, one which will allow our students to be competitive as they seek either employment after graduation or plan to pursue higher education.
Second, we believe we have proposed a fiscally responsible budget; a budget that supports the educational program, yet does not unduly burden the taxpayers of this District.
On Tuesday, May 10th the public budget hearing will be held at 6:00 pm in the MS/HS Auditorium of the Nunda building. Community members will learn that the 2022-23 proposed budget totals $20,211,755. This represents an increase of $2,012,269 over last year’s budget. A majority of the increase is due to a 22% increase in health care benefits as well as other programmatic costs due mainly to inflation. The District has no control over these expenses, but it still has an obligation to budget for them.
As most of the District’s property owners have recently been reassessed, there is much concern or confusion as to how this will affect their school tax bill. For a taxpayer who receives the basic STAR exemption (of $30,000), based on last year’s assessments, the estimated tax bill increase will be $55 on a
$100,000 home: for example: $100,000 - $30,000 = $70,000. The taxpayer will pay $55 more on the $70,000 net assessment for the entire school year.
The second proposition, which will be brought to the voters, is the purchase of one bus and two school mini-vans for the upcoming year. The Board of Education has always maintained that students’ safety is paramount and as such the District must periodically purchase buses/vehicles to replace those that are aging and hard to maintain in peak condition. The District plans to utilize monies from the Bus Reserve fund that voters established five years ago to pay the local share of the cost.
The third proposition to be voted upon is the establishment of a student representative to the Board of Education as an Ex Officio member. The student selected to the seat would be present at all Board meetings, but would not vote on issues nor attend Executive sessions.
The last proposition that voters will be asked to vote upon are two board member seats. Each seat is for a four-year term. There are two incumbents running for re-election, Mr. Jeff Bugman and Mr. Terry Lowell .
I would encourage all citizens who are of voting age and who are eligible to vote to please come out and cast your vote so your voice is heard. I’d like to thank you for your continued support of our school. It is much appreciated.
Thomas K. Kopp, Superintendent
KCS BUDGET & BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION VOTE
May 17, 2022 from 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.
The community is invited to a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. to be held in the MS/HS Auditorium in the Nunda Building. The election and vote on the school budget will be held on Tuesday,
May 17, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. in the District Lobby.
WHAT YOU WILL BE VOTING ON
PROPOSITION # 1
Resolved, that th Board of Education of the Dalton-Nunda Central School District, be and hereby is authorized to expend the sum of $20,211,755 during the 2022-2023 school year and to levy the necessary tax thereof.
PROPOSITION # 2
Resolved that the Board of Education of the Dalton-Nunda Central School District is hereby authorized to undertake the acquisition of one (1) 30-passenger school bus at an estimated maximum cost of $62,000, and two(2) 7-passenger mini-vans at an estimated maximum cost of
$33,000 each, all at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $128,000, less trade-in value, if any, and to appropriate and expend from the existing bus purchase reserve fund $30,000 for such costs, and that the balance of such costs, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax to be collected in annual installments; and, in anticipation of such tax, debt obligations of the school district as may be necessary not to exceed $98,000 shall be issued, or the school district may enter into an installment purchase contract if the Board of Education determines that it is in the best interest of the school district to finance the purchase in that method.
PROPOSITION # 3
Resolved, that the Board of Education of the Dalton-Nunda Central School District is hereby authorized to establish a student ex-officio school board member.
PROPOSITION # 4
Election of Board of Education Member- VOTE FOR TWO
VACANT SEATS ARE FOUR-YEAR TERMS
1. Jeff Bugman 2. Terry Lowell.