The Greenburgh school district’s interim superintendent has proposed a $58.6 million draft budget for next year that maintains staff and keeps the district within the new state tax cap.
Ronald Ross, the principal of Woodlands High School who is also serving as interim superintendent, recommended to the Greenburgh Board of Education that the district increase spending by 2.2 percent, or $1.3 million, in the 2012-13 school year. The draft proposal calls for a 2.5 percent increase in the tax levy — the total amount of property taxes collected — to $52.5 million.
The district did not provide an estimate of the expected tax rate as it has in past years.
The state caps the tax levy at 2 percent unless voters approve a larger increase. Greenburgh’s proposed increase is higher but still within the limit because the state allows districts to exclude items from tax cap calculations, including some pension costs, large legal judgments, capital expenditures and other factors, said Ed Joseph, assistant superintendent for business.
The district expects to increase spending by $618,000 for health insurance costs, $365,000 for step increases for teachers, $180,000 for technology initiatives and $111,000 for training related to student assessments and performance reviews
The current proposal is an early draft and subject to changes before being adopted by the school board.