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Northville adopts school plan

April 18, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

NORTHVILLE - The Northville Central School District Board of Education on Tuesday adopted a $9.64 million 2012-13 budget with a 2.47 percent tax-levy increase.

Board President James Beirlein said the budget "proved to be a little less painful than it initially looked like it was going to be."

The budget includes no cuts in staff or programs.

District Business Manager Bruce Ellsworth said the state-imposed cap on an increase in the tax levy was set at 3.53 percent for Northville, but the district did not have to go that high.

He praised the school board.

"They scrutinized programs and have done their homework," Ellsworth said.

Beirlein said "bullet" aid recently secured through local state legislators for the Northville district totaled $150,000. He said the board found ways to save on costs and applied $110,000 of the fund balance to the budget.

The budget will undergo a public hearing May 8. Voters will decide on the plan May 15.

Ellsworth said district budget expenditures went down by $64,000. Last year, he said the district had faced an $868,000 gap between revenues and expenditures but was able to close the gap this year by $350,000.

Ellsworth said the tax levy will go from $5.23 million this school year to $5.35 million next school year.

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