U-E's budget restores services, shrinks tax levy

By Jillian Marshall

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Union-Endicott School District may restore previously cut staff, programs and activities thanks to millions of dollars in state aid.

Union-Endicott Superintendent Dr. Suzanne McLeod on Monday proposed multiple ways the district could spend the $3.1 million they are set to receive from the state.

Sen. Thomas Libous (R-52nd) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-123rd) helped the school district with two one-year-grants to help offset the effects of the Huron Campus reassessment. Last year's reassessment left the district -- along with the Town of Union and the Village of Endicott -- to come up with millions in lost revenue through property taxes.

McLeod says she will provide relief to the community by dropping the tax levy to below the state's tax cap to 2.04 percent.

"The bottom line is, we maximize the amount of money for the students and we also protect the community, to the extent possible, from huge levy fluctuations," McLeod said.

She also wants to restore programs and classes for students, like after-school help in English and math. McLeod is proposing to start a winter track team and to buy approximately 150 iPads for the elementary schools.

The district also wants to reserve at least a $500,000 for work on future budgets.

But McLeod says she is still keeping her eye on spending.

"This is not something to just go out on a spending spree. We want to make sure that these funds smooth the ride as long as possible for this community, while still insuring the best possible education for the children of Union-Endicott," McLeod said.

She says there will be no layoffs at U-E in 2013-14.

The public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 14.

For more information on the budget and proposed restorations, click here.