Calculating a budget for Union-Endicott

By Jillian Marshall

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In the first budget workshop of this year, Union-Endicott took a closer look at their expenses and how they could affect the 2014-2015 school year.

The Board of Education dug deeper into the district's expenditures Wednesday night.

The first budget draft sits at a little more than $76.7 million dollars. This maintains all current programs, but does not include state aid.

There is a year-to-year increase of $2.6 million. To help make up the additional money, the preliminary tax levy increase is 7.06 percent; again this would be based on the assumption of no state aid.

For the expenses, more than $52.2 million, or 68 percent of the budget first draft, is directed to salaries and employee benefits.

"We are a people business. We provide direct service to children and services are provided by people. So all the ancillary costs that go with having a people service, the benefits, the health care, benefit costs continue to grow substantially," said U-E Superintendent Suzanne McLeod.

Though it is early in the budget process, McLeod says so far, this budget season does remind her of last year, with one exception.

"(Last year) we were able, by virtue of last minute grants from Senator Tom Libous and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, to add $500,000 worth of things that directly, positively affected children and their achievement back into the budget. What I don't have a sense of now, at this stage, is can we keep those," McLeod said.

The next budget workshop is March 5. There, they will go over the revenue of the district and McLeod said hopefully they will know their state aid and start to work on the tax levy.

For more information on U-E's first budget draft, visit their website.

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