DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Dobbs Ferry Board of Education presented the school district’s proposed budget Thursday night for the 2012-2013 school year with a projected 1.67 increase from this year.
The proposed budget is $38,709,67, which is up from this year’s budget of $38,073,15. Although it has increased over this year, Sylvia Fassler-Wallach, the school district’s director of finance and facilities, said it would be a $1,278,285 savings from the rollover budget of $39,987,962. Fassler-Wallach described the rollover budget as “the increase to keep everything the same,” which means it would be the new budget if nothing was changed from the previous year.
“From that we were able to recognize savings,” she said.
In total the budget-to-budget increase would be $636, 521 from this school year to the next. This would project a 1.67 percent increase in the budget with cuts in special education, debt services, payroll taxes and utilities among others.
“These are very trying times,” said Dobbs Ferry Superintendent Lisa Brady.
Fassler-Wallach lauded the work of the finance advisory committee for helping the district to work out this year’s budget.
“When you look at something over and over again, there are things that you don’t think of,” she said.
The proposed budget will be reviewed by the board on April 5 and will be adopted by the district on April 19 with a budget vote coming on May 15.
“We have many nights left to discuss this and ask questions,” said Lynne Black, president of the Dobbs Ferry Board of Education.