School district looks to cut spending by $3.5 Million in 2019-20

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Oil City School Board members on Monday reviewed the district's tentative 2018-2019 budget. The proposed budget is $1.5 million.

Voting will be held from 11 8 p.m. Tuesday in the middle school gymnasium.

One to replace some buses and the other is a capital improvement project to renovate some schools. Under the proposal, security measures will be enhanced in all district buildings and 4.9 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions would be added.

Voting takes place from 2 to 8 the Amagansett School. The proposal carries a tax levy increase of 2.03 percent, which is below the district's limit as determined by the state's tax "cap" formula.

In addition to selecting a new board member, voters will also be asked to approve a proposed $1.54 million 2018-19 budget, which is down 9.6 percent from the current year.

More than half of homeowners in Nassau County and almost one-third in Suffolk pay $10,000 or more in property taxes, compared with a national rate of 4.4 percent, according to Attom Data Solutions, a California-based real-estate information company.

Kishimoto, who has a three-year contract with a $240,000 annual salary, assumed her new role at a transitional time for the state's schools.

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Residents of Watervliet will be able to cast their votes throughout the day on Tuesday at Watervliet Elementary School and the Watervliet Elks Lodge.

Education finance experts agreed that a major factor in the growing number of budget approvals has been the state's imposition of tax-cap restrictions, which took effect during the 2012-13 school year.

Voters will choose four candidates to serve on the Board of Education.

The proposed spending plan totals $19,005,267, which represents an increase over this year's budget of approximately $494,000 - or 2.67 percent.

While none of the school districts are attempting to pierce the state mandated property tax levy cap, there is some controversy surrounding a proposition that will appear on the ballot in the Southampton School District: a $5.2 million plan to purchase a Southampton Village home and convert it into administration offices.

Earlier this month, district officials provided details on the proposed spending plan that was approved by the school board, and the plan includes a tax increase for residents. He is running to finish the remaining two years of the three-year term.