Le Roy proposes $26.3M budget

Mark Gutman/Daily NewsDistrict residents will be voting by absentee ballot on the proposed 2020-2021 Le Roy Central School budget.

LE ROY — With this year’s budget vote being by absentee ballots, Le Roy Central School has been doing a lot of work to not only make sure registered voters are aware of the voting, but qualified voters as well.

“For our setup, you could be a qualified voter but not be a registered voter,” said Superintendent Merritt Holly on Tuesday. “We will have qualified voters who are not registered voters, who will not get absentee ballots just because of the system we are under.”

Qualified voters are United States citizens, who are at least 18 years of age, and have been a resident of the Le Roy Central School District for at least 30 days before the vote. They will need to contact District Clerk Lori Wrobel for a ballot.

Holly said Wrobel came up with 5,760 qualified and registered voters. By going through past voting records and cross referencing a list from the Board of Elections, Wrobel said she added around 700 to 800 people to the main list.

Last year the school had around 380 people voting for the budget.

The proposed budget for 2020-21 is $26,334,488, which involves a $424,490 or 1.64 percent increase. The proposed tax levy, or the amount to be raised by property taxes, is to increase by about 1.99 percent or around $10,466,080.

“The tax levy itself, we’re going to aim for a 1.99 or 2 percent increase because that’s the cap,” said Brian Foeller, business administrator. “With the cap, if you don’t take it you’re not going to get it next year. That’s about $200,000 difference in our tax levy. That’s not a lot of money, but if we don’t take it now, we’re that much further in the hole next year.”

The proposed tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is $23.94. This means a house valued at $80,000 would pay $1,915.20 if the budget passed next year. There are no other propositions on the ballot besides the budget, and Jacalyn Whiting and Richard Lawrence will be running for re-election for a three-year term.

There will be a pre-recorded public budget hearing to present the 2020-21 budget. It will be posted on the district website at 6 p.m. June 2 at www.leroycsd.org. The budget information will be out to district residents by Memorial Day weekend.

If anyone needs to request a ballot, either e-mail districtclerk@leroycsd.org or call (585) 768-8133 ext. 1103. For people who have questions on the budget, e-mail superintendent@leroycsd.org or businessadministrator@leroycsd.org.

The deadline for all ballots is 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 in order to be counted. Under education law, ballots are invalid if received later than this time.

In other news, the school board has plans in place for graduation but Holly isn’t ready to start discussing them yet. He has been in contact with the local health directors who are not looking to approve anything until there is more guidance from the state.

“They’re not disapproving, but they’re not approving,” Holly said. “So if you see other districts going out with plans, they are doing that with the idea health departments are staying neutral on that, but really the issue comes in if law enforcement wants to shut that down, they can do that.”

Meals will continue to be given out through June 26. There is still discussion for what to do about the meal program over the summer, and Holly said it’s not mandatory unless the school district is a high needs area, which Le Roy isn’t.

“We’ll kind of see where we are at,” he said, saying the issue if the school continues over the summer is the manpower.

On average, every day, Le Roy delivers about 500 meals daily. Holly added with scarcity at grocery stores and costs going up, the meals will be a valuable way to provide services to district families. Wrobel added that with the summer rec program cancelled, the free lunch which was provided that fed about 40 kids every day will also no longer be available.

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