A flyer will soon appear (if it hasn't already) in the mailbox of every voter in the Hudson City School District regarding the proposed 2022-2023 school budget, which the flyer declares is "Educationally Sound & Fiscally Responsible." What may be most interesting about the flyer is that it reveals the amount of the contingency budget--the budget we may end up with if the proposed $54,124,024 budget is voted down.
The contingency budget is $52,531,224--$1,592,800 less than the proposed budget but still $286,820 more than last year's budget and the largest HCSD budget yet.
Here's what the flyer says will happen if the proposed budget is defeated:
If the proposal is voted down, the District may resubmit the original budget or submit a revised budget to voters on June 21. If the revised proposal is not approved, the Board must adopt a contingency budget. Under a contingency budget, the District may not increase the tax levy over the prior year. Each program and department would be reviewed to eliminate non-mandated expenses for next year (e.g., extracurricular activities, field trips, sports, staff positions, and non-mandated academic programs or electives).
The flyer also outlines what will be eliminated if the contingency budget is adopted.
Under a contingency budget, no equipment or student supplies can be purchased, including athletic equipment/uniforms, buildings & grounds purchases, and classroom equipment. Public use of facilities by outside groups, regardless of affiliation, must be charged a fee to cover ALL expenses related to usage. This includes the pool and fitness center, playing fields, and building space. Field trips not part of the instructional program cannot be provided unless self-funded. Non-instructional employees, not in a collective bargaining unit, cannot receive a salary increase. Public relations firms and publications used to assist the district in promoting its image cannot be funded.
The good news about the contingency budget for the overburdened taxpayers of the Hudson City School District is that, under the contingency budget, the district may not increase the tax levy over the prior year.
The budget and the school board vote takes place on Tuesday, May 17. The polling place for us Hudsonians is the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street. Polls are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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