By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — The Lyndonville Board of Education adopted the district budget for 2013-2014 at its meeting Monday night.
The budget increases one percent over the current year. A total of $13,094,250 worth of appropriations gained approval by the board, up $129,563 from the 2012-2013 budget of $12,964,687.
The taxpayer burden also is set to increase by one percent in the coming year, with the levy moving from $4,620,374 to $4,666,578, a difference of $46,204.
The estimated tax rate in the district will increase by only 4 cents to $18.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Superintendent Jason Smith said the board originally thought it would have to impose a 1.68 percent levy increase when the governor released his budget proposal in February. However, when the state’s budget eventually went through there was some unanticipated financial aid available which took the increase down to one percent.
Smith said the main reason for the increase in the budget is the increase in the costs of employee benefits.
Also on Monday night, the board recognized the district’s academic decathlon team, which placed first in the state last month. Students in the AVID (college readiness) program gave a demonstration to the board, too, discussing how the program has helped them.
The board also passed a olution calling for the public to vote on decreasing the amount of board members. Smith said the district is small and the petition to reduce the board size calls from a drop from nine to seven members. He said the decrease lead to the board being more reflective of the size of the district it serves.
The establishment of a transportation reserve fund was also approved to go to voters. The fund would be used to help purchase needed vehicles and would not impact the tax levy.