Scarsdale schools officials are making a push to win over voters who will give a yea or nay on a tax cap-busting budget for the next academic year when they go to the polls May 21. A school board forum is set for 8 p.m. April 8 at the high school to hear from the public. Following the forum, the board will conduct a budget study session to discuss the community’s input. The public is also invited to that meeting. In advance, Superintendent Michael V. McGill has posted a letter on the district’s Web site that explains the reasoning behind the 4.8 percent increase in the tax levy. The hike exceeds the 3.5 percent allowed by the state, which means 60 percent of voters must approve the budget.
“Since the current version of that plan asks voters to override the state tax cap, we’re making a special effort to inform residents about the proposal and the reasons for it,” McGill wrote. The tax levy increase outstrips the growth of the overall proposed budget of $146.2 million, up 3.1 percent over the current year’s $141.8 million. “The difference between budget growth and the 4.8 percent tax rate growth is due to a board decision to reduce reliance on fund balance for income. Other revenues
(interest earnings, state aid) are also decreasing. That loss of income is being offset by increased taxation,” McGill wrote.
Earlier coverage: Scarsdale schools seek cap-busting $146.2M budget