Elmsford School District Proposes $32.1 Million Budget For 2014-2015

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The Elmsford Union Free School District Board of Education is considering its 2014-2015 school budget proposal.
The Elmsford Union Free School District Board of Education is considering its 2014-2015 school budget proposal. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- The Elmsford School District will host a public budget workshop on Saturday, March 1 to consider a proposed $32 million 2014-2015 school budget.

The meeting will be held in the Alexander Hamilton High School Library at 8:30 a.m. and will include discussion on all aspects of the budget, of $32,111,848, which offers a 2.45 percent increase in expenditures of $768.703 over the previous budget of $31,343,145.

School Superintendent Joseph Ricca said the district's proposal "supports 100 percent of the district's current programming (academic, arts, technology and extra-curricular); provides for modest facilities repairs/refurbishments; allows for the needed purchase of a playground at the Dixson Primary School and holds clear the district's commitment to fiscal responsibility and conservative spending practices."

The average home with assessed value of $13,508 or estimated value of $394,000, would see an tax increase of $23.10 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Ricca said the proposed budget is in line with cost-saving increases and noted that the plan included more than $250,000 in reductions over the 2013-2014 budget increase of more than $1.1 million over the 2012-2013 budget.

The school board will vote on the adoption of its proposed budget on April 2 followed by a budget hearing on May 7 prior to the Budget Vote and Board Elections on May 20.

For more information on the specifics of the budget, log on to the district website.

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I've been giving this a lot of thought over the past few days. I can understand why some people have a problem with school budgets going up. My husband recently retired and hope i can retire within the next five years or so. But we have a grand daughter in the district and we don't want to see any programs cut. The district put together this budget and stayed under the cap without cutting things like art and music. That's why in the end I can support this budget. I think this shows they are at least trying to spend our money carefully and give the kids everything they can.

trying to sugarcoat it by saying it would "Only be an increase of 23$ per 1000$" what do you think we're stupid? that's over 230$ per 10,000$ and most of us pay well over that, you should be looking into way of decreasing your budget, decreasing our property taxes and making Elmsford and Greenburgh a more sustainable place to live. How many more budget increases do you need? will there be another next year, NO WAY. We're putting an end to this this year. you better come up with some more creative ways to provide quality education at a lower cost, that's what you get paid 6 figures for, no do your job and quit passing the buck to the taxpayer ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!! TAXPAYERS HERE HAVE HAD IT!!!!!

I"m telling you now Superintendent. you have a war on your hands. no more school budget increases. get ready, because people already expressed their outrage last year, by first voting the budget down, expect a ten fold increase in the "no" voter turnout, we're sick of this, there is no reason for this bloated budget, for such an under performing school. Westchester property taxes are the highest in the nation and half of it is schools. we are coming superintendent. you should have stayed in New Jersey