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Elmsford School Budget Within 2 Percent Tax Cap

ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- The proposed 2012-13 budget for the Elmsford Union Free School District falls within the 2 percent state imposed tax levy by clamping down on spending for the fourth consecutive year.

The $30.28 million budget recently presented by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Peters calls for a 2.15 percent spending hike and a 2.4 percent tax levy increase. The actual proposed average tax increase for property owners is 2.7 percent.

In her formal presentation, Peters said one of the goals of her budget was to "maintain educational programs and initiatives for honor and enrichment students, as well as provide research-based interventions targeted to individual student needs."

In order to comply with the tax cap regulations, $656,222 had to be cut from the budget, according to school officials. Those reductions were achieved throughout the district. The 13 personnel positions proposed to be cut are primarily part-time slots. Of the four full-time positions, a teaching assistant and custodial job are retirements and another teaching assistant and elementary teacher are resignations, school officials said.

Student enrollment in the district is projected to be relatively unchanged, increasing from 962 to 965, school officials said.

The board of education is scheduled to adopt the budget on April 4. A public hearing is slated for May 2 and a public vote will be held May 15.

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