Friday, January 20, 2012

Proposed 2012-13 Budget Exceeds Tax Cap by $844, 296

At the January meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dan Carlin gave the Bronxville Board of Education a preview of the proposed 2012-13 school budget. For the past three years, the budget to budget increases have hovered around 0%, reflecting a series of cost containment measures, including outsourcing custodians, clerical reductions, retirement incentives, not filling vacancies, and other productivity moves. Most recently, new collective bargaining agreements with the Bronxville Teachers Association have slowed down the rate of growth with general wage increases of 0%, 1%, and 1.25% over a three-year period.

Now the District faces a 2% tax levy cap.  Carlin explained that the rollover budget -- offering the same programs and services next year --  exceeds the cap by about $844,296. External requirements for retirement contributions and health insurance drive up costs. Other factors include the end of certain federal grants and unfunded mandates (such as private school transportation and some special education provisions). The Board also must confront the additional pressure of flood-related insurance costs.

The overall situation facing the Board is that the cost containment process has become increasingly difficult over time: extensive program reductions and changes in scope of service will be necessary to meet the 2% cap. The Board begins its review process on Saturday, February 4 at 9 AM in the Board room. The meeting is open to the public.