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DCSD passes school budget

DOLGEVILLE — After failing the budget the a first time during the budget vote in June, voters in the Dolgeville Central School District passed the $18.5 million budget in the revote on Tuesday.

The 2020-21 budget which passed with a vote of 414 yes votes — 170 no votes, shows a 1.18 percent tax increase. Voters also approved the bus purchase with 351 yes votes to 231 no votes.

Making up the revenue of the budget is 71 percent state aid, 27 percent property taxes and 2 percent from the fund balance. The district plans to use $436,000 of the fund balance.

According to the district’s budget presentation, key components include AP and College Now, STEM, computer, foreign language, shop and home and careers classes; ELA, math, social studies, sciences; music, theatre, arts, physical education classes and sports; field trips; technological devices — one on one device initiative; and career and technological opportunities with BOCES.

Expenses include 24 percent toward benefits, 9 percent toward bond, 15 percent toward BOCES services, 1 percent toward tuition, 7 percent toward contractual services and 42 percent toward salaries.

If the budget failed, the school district would have had to go to a contingency budget which would have affected students and community members in way such as, the community would have to be charged building use fees, which would add financial strain on students and families; charge for out-of-district tuition which would mean less enrollment; no equipment allowed including instruments, calculators, sporting equipment, science and lab equipment, building and grounds equipment and playgrounds, fields, track and gym; and financially less money in the fund balance and reserves in order to keep up with raising costs in the future.

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