One last look before budget vote

By Jillian Marshall

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Just six days away from school district budget voting, Union-Endicott schools presented its budget one final time.

U-E officials say their goal for the more than $74 million budget is to "relieve, restore and reserve."

That includes relieving taxpayers with a tax levy at 2.04-percent -- 1.5 percent less than their tax levy limit -- restoring programs and teachers that were once cut back and to reserve money for future budgets.

"With a positive budget vote, we will move forward with bringing back several people who have been laid off. We will hire some replacements for those who are retiring, and we will start planning for next year," said Superintendent Dr. Suzanne McLeod.

The school district was helped along with more than $3 million in state grant money to reimburse losses from the reassessment of the Huron Campus.

McLeod says it's important to vote on Tuesday, May 21.

"Regardless of what community you live in, this is your opportunity to participate as a citizen in our representative form of government and don't forget to vote," McLeod said.

For more information on the U-E budget or where you can vote, visit their website.