ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis School Board has adopted a budget for the 2007-08 school year with a 2.9-percent tax-levy increase.The proposed budget will be put on the ballot in the May 15 election, will also include voting for a three-year board position currently held by William Haseltine.The 2007-08 budget total of $7,462,430 is a 5.9-percent increase from the current year.Revenue includes: state aid of $3,150,789; building aid, $638,000; tax levy, $3,037,770; fund balance, 460,616; federal aid, $95,000; and other sources, $80,000.Increased costs, in addition to the salaries of teachers and support staff, include: two teacher retirement packages totaling $80,000; health insurance, up 7.5 percent; workers compensation, up 5 percent; BOCES changes, occupational education and the cafeteria operation. Exact amounts will be available to constituents before the vote.The purchase of a new bus is included in the budget, not as a separate vote, as has been done in the past. The School Board is still considering what to do concerning trade-in or sale of the old bus."The staff, teachers, board and business manager have worked together diligently to make sure we're able to present to the taxpayers a responsible spending plan for 2007-08," Superintendent Gail Else said."We are appreciative of the community's input and support for our students."
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