Holley proposes school budget with 2% tax increase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 April 2018 at 10:55 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Holley Elementary School is pictured recently on North Main Street.

HOLLEY – The Holley Board of Education on Monday approved a $25,210,000 school budget that will go before voters on May 15.

The budget represents a 2.0 percent tax increase, with the tax levy going from $6,968,766 to $7,108,141.

The budget maintains the current programs in the district, said Sharon Zacher, the assistant superintendent for business.

Holley is reducing overall staff by 2.5 full-time equivalent positions, with two of those positions to be abolished through attrition.

The district’s enrollment is projected to hold steady, going from 997 in 2017-18 to 995 next school year.

The May 15 vote will include a proposition to approve the purchase of two school buses and a sport utility vehicle for replacement purposes during the 2018-2019 school year.

Eligible residents, 18 and older, will also vote on funding for Community Free Library.

There is also an election for the Board of Education. There are five candidates running for three positions, including incumbents – Mark Porter, Anne Winkley and Melissa Ierlan. Nancy Manard MacPhee and Anne Smith also are running for three-year terms on the board.

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