Germantown readies school budget proposal

GERMANTOWN–The Board of Education must vote whether to adopt the school budget proposal by Wednesday, April 18, board member Brittany Dufresne told The Columbia Paper April 4.

The board has scheduled two meetings before then. Monday, April 9, the board meets in workshop at 5:30 p.m. at the school, 123 Main Street. This is a workshop meeting for the board, explained Ms. Dufresne, but it is open so the public can observe. At 7 p.m. the meeting will be opened to the public for questions and comment.

Wednesday, April 11 the board holds its regular meeting at the school at 7 p.m. Since this is the last meeting scheduled before the April 18 deadline, Ms. Dufresne said she expects the board to vote at that meeting on the budget proposal that will go before voters in May.

In previous meetings, Superintendent Patrick Gabriel’s proposed budget has included cuts ranging from $248,115 to $342,113, mostly in teaching staff, in addition to a 6.2% tax levy increase.

If the board decides to present a budget with a tax levy increase of more than about 2%, a supermajority of 60% of voters must approve that increase for the spending plan to take effect. The supermajority requirement is part of the state cap on property tax increases that was recently imposed.

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