Residents to vote May 16 on budget proposal for 2023-24 school year

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On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will vote on a proposed $41,266,000 budget for the 2023-24 school year.

The proposed budget represents a 3.87% spending increase and a year-to-year tax levy increase of 0.95%, which is above the district’s calculated tax levy “cap” of –8.38%. Because the projected tax levy increase is above the tax cap, a supermajority of voters (60% or greater) is required for budget approval. The district’s negative tax cap comes on the heels of a +8.75% tax cap for the 2022-23 school year; however, the 2022-23 budget also called for a 0.95% tax levy increase, which was under the tax cap.

The proposed spending plan enhances programs and extends opportunities for students. For the 2023-24 school year, Broadalbin-Perth will be adding a technology teacher to expand the district’s skilled trades program. B-P will also add an English language arts teacher and a math teacher at the high school as part of a planned expansion of the Patriot Academy, an innovative school-within-a-school that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art, math, and business. The budget also includes new support staff positions, including two custodial workers, a human resources specialist, a computer support specialist, and a communications specialist.

“As a district, we have been fortunate to be able to adapt our program offerings to the changing needs of our students and the evolving requirements of the 21st-century job market,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “This budget proposal continues that trajectory.”

In order to vote, a person must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, registered to vote, and a resident of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the May 16 vote. Residents who have registered to vote in general elections are automatically registered to vote on the budget proposal.

All in-person voting will take place at the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium at B-P Senior High School, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. Absentee ballots are available; call the district office at 518-954-2501 to request an absentee ballot application.