The Scarsdale Board of Education has scaled back its budget for 2013-2014 by almost $1 million, but still breaks through the state’s tax cap. The $145.3 million budget that will go before voters on May 21 is up 2.5 percent over the current year’s $141.8 million.
Assistant Schools Superintendent Linda Purvis said the district saved $765,000 from its first projections thanks to updated state numbers on teacher and employee retirement contributions. In addition, a plan to spend $100,000 on a new school bus was scuttled and the district will not hire an electronic communications director.
The property tax levy will go up 3.9 percent in Scarsdale and 4 percent in the in the so-called “Mamaroneck strip.” The original budget proposed raising the tax levy by 4.8 percent in Scarsdale and 4.9 percent in Mamaroneck. The revised figure exceeds the 3.5 percent growth allowed under the state’s cap. As a result, 60 percent of voters must approve the budget.
The tax rate will go up by 3.9 percent to $902.91 per $1,000 in assessed value in Scarsdale and by 4 percent to $918.50 per $1,000 in Mamaroneck. The average assessment is about $26,500, which means a typical Scarsdale homeowner would see their tax bill rise $900 to $23,927 if the budget passes.