The Peekskill school district’s tax rate would increase 3.7 percent under the proposed $78.4 million spending plan taxpayers will vote on May 21, The Journal News/lohud.com reports today. The budget would stay under the statewide cap on the property-tax levy of 2 percent.
The tax rate would increase from $637.01 per $1,000 of assessed value to $660.35 per $1,000. A taxpayer with a home assessed at $9,423 would pay $6,222 in taxes, up about $220.
The budget would increase spending by $4 million. One technology service technician’s job would be eliminated under the proposed budget. Four language teachers whose positions originally would have been cut would keep their jobs.
Superintendent James Willis said the district worked out a plan that makes few cuts this year, but the tax cap and state-aid losses are strangling the district and others in the state.
“We did some creative things that we got through this year with very little impact,” he said. “In that respect, you could probably consider that we did a good job.”
But the situation is dire, he said. “If we don’t get additional aid, we will go broke in two years,” he said.