ALBURGH: Bus cost duplication helps cut ed. budget

Second vote set for April 12

By Elaine Ezerins

Staff Writer

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ALBURGH — By eliminating the expense of a high school bus from its budget, the town’s school board is bringing a reduced district budget to residents. A revote is set for Tuesday, April 12.

When Bellows Free Academy (BFA), St. Albans’ budget passed on Town Meeting Day, the cost of a bus to bring Alburgh high school students back and forth to BFA was included.

This allowed Alburgh to eliminate the expense from its budget, reducing it by $58,060 to $5,952,188. On Town Meeting Day, the proposed budget was $6,010,248.

The school board also will again ask voters’ permission to use funds from the capital reserve to upgrade a 50-year-old boiler and for additional infrastructure.

The one time cost will be paid for with a surplus of funds from fiscal year 2015. The surplus increased the local revenue to $1.4 million, helping offset this additional expenditure and lowering the homestead tax rate to $1.4423.

The proposed tax rate for fiscal year 2017 is 1.54 percent lower than the current year’s.

An informational meeting will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at Alburgh Community Education Center.

Residents are encouraged to vote on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alburgh Municipal Building.