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Dobbs Ferry School Budget Public Hearing Draws Few

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – A public hearing for the Dobbs Ferry School District budget drew a handful of residents, but none spoke to address the plan.

“I think there’s really been some very clear explanation of what for some has been very difficult to understand,” said Dobbs Ferry Superintendent Lisa Brady of the budget.

The district's adopted budget is $38,619,809, which is down from its proposed budget of $38,709,677 from Feb. 16. This year’s budget is a 1.44 percent increase over the 2011-12 budget of $38,073,156. This comes along with a 1.97 percent tax levy increase and a 2.72 percent increase in tax rate.

“We don’t like to see increases but it is a function of life,” said Dobbs Ferry Board of Education President Lynne Black.

Black said the fact that the school administrators were able to make cuts without sacrificing any necessities is a reflection on the district.

“It truly shows the work and the caring that went into this,” she said.

Voting for the budget and the board of education members will be held on May 15 in the village.  Lynne Black will be running for redelection as board president and Anna Sterne will not be running for reelection.  Jonathan Greengrass will be running for the board as well.  There are two openings on the board this year.

“We just encourage all of our community residents to really look at the budget and really read it,” Black said.  “We’ve been as fiscally prudent as possible and we hope many people go out and vote.”

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