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Oswego School Board Approves 2017-18 Budget

OSWEGO, NY – Now it’s up to the voters.

At a relatively brief school board meeting Friday, the Oswego City School District’s 2017-18 budget was approved 6-0-1. Board member Brian Haessig was excused.

Board president Lynda Sereno took part in the meeting via telephone. The district clerk will check to see if Sereno’s “yes” vote is legal.

Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey said he is confident the voters will approve the spending plan next month.

Recently, the board reduced the tax rate increase in the $82,839,101 budget down to 2.47 percent.

“2.47 is far below our cap. We didn’t vote for the cap just to generate revenue. We are trying to be responsible to the taxpayers; and we brought back a lot of stuff,” the superintendent said. “Hopefully, they will understand that. I think we’re going to be in good shape.”

Dr. Goewey noted that last year’s budget, which contained many cuts and reductions, was approved.

The 2017-18 budget has a lower tax rate and it restores much of what was cut previously, so it should appeal to those who want lower taxes and those who wanted things restored, he added.

Some clubs at the high school and middle school will be restored. Which ones are yet to be determined.

The board OK’d only half of the funding the schools were asking for. The principals will prioritize, by participation and other factors, which clubs could be reinstated.

The superintendent described the budget as an exceptional program that is strong and also sensitive to the taxpayer.

“Because we were smart financially, we were able to bring back a lot of stuff. It’s actually smaller than last year’s. I think we’re going in the right direction,” Dr. Goewey said. “We tightened our belt last year and it’s still tight.”

The public vote is set for May 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

6 Comments

  1. “2.74% is far below our cap”

    THAT’S STILL A TAX INCREASE!!!
    I think they can do better than that.

  2. The board president could not even make it to the meeting. Something as important as this meeting and she could not make it. She should step aside as board president since you can’t make it to the meeting for tax increase and spending. I hope the people of Oswego votes this budget down big time. It is time Oswego stands up to the school board and tells them enough is enough. Time to start getting rid of jobs and teachers that are no longer needed. As they like to say Time to do it for the children.

  3. oh Neil, predictable Fran Hoeferesque diatribe against economic security for the professionals tasked with educating the youth of the community

    if you’re looking for somebody to stand up to, why don’t you stand up to the owners of the nuclear plants who don’t even pay actual taxes at a fair rate but instead make payments in lieu of taxes … payments that are ridiculously inadequate for the needs of an entire region which offers up its environment and people so huge corporations can exploit and profit

    but that would be going to the heart of the problem … corporate domination of American society …

    easier to beat up the teachers eh Neil? beat up another embattled segment of the American middle class while giving the oligarchs a free pass (we could have roads lined with gold and excellent public education if those plants paid real taxes)

  4. M
    Thanks for comparing me with Fran. I am nothing like the man. I just have a habit of speaking my mind and if someone does not like it oh well. I have to agree with you on the nuke plants paying their fair share of taxes. Still think the BOE could cut corners to save money. They keep taxing Oswego most people can’t afford any more tax increase as it is will start moving out.

  5. Ohhh, another increase?!…us rich folks who live in this town can afford it! We can even pay over $1000/yr to flush our golden eggs down the toilet too so please send a bigger increase as my wallet is pulling my back out from all the spare change in it & it needs the break.

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