The Bronxville Board of Education has proposed a budget of $45.5 million for the 2013-2014 school year, up $1.2 million, or 2.74 percent from this year’s budget. The figure translates into a 3.21 percent increase in the tax levy and falls under the allowed state cap.
At a budget workshop on March 2, the board considered additional reducations, but agreed not to cut high school guidance programs, elementary music education or new electives. The workshop drew 13 members of the public, including four high school seniors who spoke in favor of keeping funding stable for guidance services.
School board President David Brashear blamed the increase on required contributions to the state teacher retirement system.
Assistant Superintendent Dan Carlin said the budget will increase the tax rate by 1.58 percent, less than the increase in the levy because the value of village properties have risen.
The rate per $1,000 of assessed value would go up from $14.0711 to $14.2966. A property assessed at $1 million would see a tax increase of $226 for a total of $14,297 in school taxes in the next school year if the budget is approved.
Enrollment is expected to grow next year by 30 students to 1,665. The board affirmed its goal of keeping class sizes in the low 20s, in particular for earlier grades.
The budget will be discussed next at the board’s regular meeting on March 21.