Oriskany voters to decide on $15.8M school budget


ORISKANY — Recognizing that all are “living in this new world and with all the (economic) implications of the COVID-19 pandemic yet to come,” Oriskany Central School Board of Education is presenting a proposed 2020-21 school budget, calling for “slight” increases in spending and the amount to be raised by taxes.

A vote will be conducted by absentee ballot only, and all ballots will be due back to the district office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. Total proposed 2020-21 budget is $15,785,704, an increase of $174,019, or 1.11% compared to the current spending plan. The tax levy is $6,158,000, an increase of $106,185, or 1.75%.

“The Board of Education felt very strongly that we support our community members as much as possible” — the board, “decided not to go out at our calculated tax cap of 2.25%, but to go out at a lower rate of 1.75% and to increase the expense budget by only 1.11%,” said Board of Education President Adam Kernan. “This was not an easy decision as state aid, which comprises 49% of our revenue budget, is projected to be cut by up to 20% for the 2020-21 school year.”

OCS is projected to receive only a slight increase in state aid, from $7,657,660 in the 2019-20 school year, to $7,725,968, an increase of $68,308. There are also three candidates running unopposed for three expired seats on the Board of Education, all to serve for three-year terms.

The candidates are incumbents Carl Graziadei, Therese Hanna and Brian


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