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Breaking Down the 2012-13 Byram Hills Budget

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Residents will vote Tuesday on a 2012-13 $80 million budget for Byram Hills Central School District.

The adopted budget, which remains within the state mandated 2 percent tax levy cap, features reductions of over $1 million in staffing. The district will eliminate two sections of second-grade at Coman Hill Elementary School, two sections of fifth-grade at Wampus Elementary School and one teacher aide at Coman Hill Elementary School. All section reductions were made due to decreases in enrollment. The budget also includes savings of over $300,000 due to the retirement of seven teachers.

In the adopted budget for next school year, Byram Hills will experience an increase of over $1.4 million in state mandated items such as health insurance, employee retirement, teacher’s retirement and workers compensation.

The estimated annual tax rates in 2012-13 for the school district will vary by location based on the current average assessed household. In North Castle, the tax rate will increase by 0.68 percent to $622.79. In New Castle, the tax rate will increase by 0.19 percent to $71.44. In Bedford, the tax rate will increase by 12.82 percent to $144.25. In Mount Pleasant, the tax rate will increase by 8.04 percent to $936.22.

Also on the ballot, two current members of the board of education will run uncontested to retain their seats on the board. Leslie Blum (Cziner) and Ann Tedesco will both run for their second term.

Voting will take place at H.C. Crittenden Middle School from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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