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May 21, 2013


Marcellus voters approve $30.4 million budget; elect board members

On May 21, Marcellus Central School District voters approved the district’s $30.4 million 2013-14 budget proposal, elected four Board of Education members and approved two propositions.

Voters approved:

  • A $30,406,987 budget for the 2013-14 school year that increases spending 0.61 percent ($184,765) and carries a 2.9 percent tax levy increase: 825 yes, 335 no;

  • The purchase of six 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $615,512: 743 yes, 409 no; and

  • The construction and installation of a districtwide wireless communication network at a cost not to exceed $598,960: 683 yes, 465 no.

Voters also elected four candidates for four open Board of Education seats:

  • Incumbent and board Vice President Kathleen Welch: 725 votes;

  • Incumbent John Fuller: 659 votes;

  • Incumbent Ryan Riefler: 843 votes;

  • Thomas J. West Jr.:  826 votes; and

  • Brian McNaney: 583 votes.                                         

Riefler, West and Welch each will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. Fuller, who received the fourth-highest number of votes, will serve for one year, which is the time remaining in former board member Julie Brissette’s term. Brissette resigned effective May 20.

“We want to thank all of our community members who came out and voted today. Our community’s unwavering commitment to Marcellus Central Schools empowers us to deliver the kind of multi-faceted educational program required to prepare our students for life beyond commencement,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig J. Tice. “Through the budget development process, we worked to create a plan that not only preserves the integrity of that Marcellus schools experience, but enhances it.”

The tax levy increase was reduced to 2.9 percent from initial calculations that called for a necessary 6.46 percent increase to balance the budget because of anticipated revenue losses from state, federal and county governments and increased operational costs, such as state mandated increases to employee pensions and health insurance.

Administrators reduced the tax levy increase – or the amount of revenue raised through property taxes – by employing a number of strategies, including:

  • Reducing costs for natural gas and electricity by $313,000, through renegotiated rates with energy providers;

  • Reducing health insurance premiums through the efforts of the CNY Health Cooperative and concessions from some of our bargaining groups;

  • Capitalizing on staff retirements and resignations;

  • Applying $602,128 of the district’s fund balance and reserves.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank the Marcellus voters for approving this budget,” said board President David Kelly. “Our mission is to provide an education that challenges, nurtures and supports each child as a whole person. This budget meets that challenge, by strengthening the academic program we in Marcellus have come to expect from our schools, while remaining sensitive to taxpayers.”

The 2013-14 tax levy increase of 2.9 percent is below the district’s calculated tax levy limit of 3.97 percent, per the state’s property tax levy limit law. The law requires each school district to calculate its own levy limit based on a complex multi-step formula. The limit does not cap how much a district can raise through property taxes. Instead, it determines at what level a school district must have supermajority (60 percent) rather than simple majority (50 percent plus one) approval of its budget proposal.

After much consideration, Marcellus officials opted to propose a budget with a tax levy increase lower than its allowable limit.

“By including a tax levy increase below the maximum allowed by the state, our budget proposal took into account the community’s continuing recovery from the recent economic downturn,” Dr. Tice said.

Click here for the 2013-14 Budget Statement and required attachments
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