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  • Addison seeks 2% tax increase in school budget proposal

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  • ADDISON | The Addison Central School District will ask voters for a 2 percent increase in the property tax levy in its proposed $27 million budget for the 2014-15 school district.
    “We think that’s reasonable given our cost increases,” said Addison Superintendent Joe DioGuardi. “The bottom line is, we’re reserving all programs, services and staff.”
    The proposed budget increases spending 3.2 percent, driven largely by increases in health care and retirement system costs, he said.
    The 2 percent tax hike stays well below Addison’s limit under the state’s property tax growth cap, so the budget will need a simple majority to when it goes before voters May 20. School districts that wish to exceed their cap need 60 percent approval.
    Addison’s cap was actually calculated at 6.26 percent this year, but neither administration nor the school board ever considered going that high, DioGuardi said.
    School officials will give a presentation on the proposed budget at 5:30 p.m. May 13 in the Addison High School cafeteria, and residents will get a chance to comment afterward.
    The polls will be open from noon-8 p.m. May 20 in the Addison High School gymnasium.
    DioGuardi said groundbreaking is still on track for early- to mid-June on a $22.9 million capital project that will add a new middle school classroom wing and gymnasium at the middle school-high school campus, revamp the district’s athletic complex, and upgrade Tuscarora Elementary and Valley Elementary.
    The work should take about 18 months to complete.
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