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TI Central officials discuss tax cap, spending cuts

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CLAYTON — Thousand Islands Central is aiming to cut $169,000 from its 2013-14 spending plan to keep its tax increase under the state’s threshold.

Unless the district can persuade 60 percent of its voters to override the tax cap, Thousand Islands needs to keep its levy increase at or under 3.25 percent in the next fiscal year.

A 1 percent increase in the tax levy, or the amount to be raised through property taxes, would generate about $100,000 in revenue for Thousand Islands Central.

District Superintendent Frank C. House said about $120,000 in cuts have already been made to help lower the initial $516,000 budget deficit.

The school board is expected to receive a draft budget next week.

The district is receiving only $100,000 more in state aid — after factoring in the extra funds secured last year by state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa — in the next fiscal year, Mr. House said.

He said he hopes local representatives once again will manage to find some more money in the state budget for north country school districts.

Thousand Islands Central’s next Board of Education meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the middle/high school library, 8481 County Route 9, and district officials will discuss the 2013-14 school budget with the community at a public forum March 26.

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