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North Salem Voters To Decide On $40.8M School Budget, Bond Referendum

Pequenakonck Elementary School.
Pequenakonck Elementary School. Photo Credit: File Photo

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- North Salem Central School District voters will get to decide on Tuesday, May 19 whether to approve the proposed 2015-16 budget, which comes in at around $40.8 million.

Total spending is at $40,843,419, which represents an increase of $451,431, or 1.12 percent from the 2014-15 budget.

The tax levy, which is the total amount of property tax revenue slated for the budget, is proposed to rise to $36,582,554, with the increase being $168,707, or 0.46 percent. The district notes that the levy increase comes under the tax levy cap, which is mandated by the state.

The school district does not provide tax rates for its four component towns, noting that they are not finalized until August. The rates measure what property owners will owe per $1,000 of assessed value.

Voters are also being asked to decide on a separate referendum that would authorize bonding for several building projects, with a cost that totals around $12.7 million. Project components include roof replacements and renovations to add compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The bonding will not result in a net tax increase, the district says, because it will replace existing debt that is being retired.

Voting is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held at Pequenakonck Elementary School.

Two school board seats are also up for votes. Video of a recent candidates' forum, which features a pair running unopposed for the seats, is available here.

A voting guide from the district on the proposed budget and bond referendum is available here.

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