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Croton-Harmon Holds School Board, Budget Votes Tuesday

The Croton-Harmon School District will hold elections Tuesday regarding the proposed 2015-16 operating budget and two school board trustee seats.
The Croton-Harmon School District will hold elections Tuesday regarding the proposed 2015-16 operating budget and two school board trustee seats. Photo Credit: File.

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Croton-Harmon school district will hold elections Tuesday regarding the proposed 2015-16 operating budget and two school board trustee seats.

The nearly $46.07 million budget requires a modest tax levy increase but is still $36,527 below the permissible state tax levy increase, according to a press release from the school district.

Cortlandt town residents will pay about 1.64 percent more in taxes, while those residing in the Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School District will pay around 4.4 percent more in taxes.

Croton-Harmon educators plan to use $1.3 million from the district’s fund balance and $400,000 in reserve funds to keep the tax levy increase as low as possible.

The proposed budget maintains all current school district offerings and expands some of the programs in the district’s award-winning schools, including Tompkins Elementary.

Trustee Andrea Furey and school board President Giuseppina Miller are running unopposed to secure new three-year terms.

Other propositions on Tuesday’s ballot include a proposed Croton Free Library tax levy of $819,570 and school district transportation purchases that would not exceed $300,000.

If approved, Croton-Harmon educators would purchase three minivans, one full-size school bus and one minivan or station wagon; these are necessary to replace five vehicles that must be retired for safety reasons, according to the school district.

Elections will be from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Croton-Harmon High School gymnasium, 36 Old Post Road South, Croton-on-Hudson.

For more information, visit the Croton-Harmon Schools website or call 914-271-4713.

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