On Tuesday, May 17, North Colonie residents approved the district’s $105.3 million budget for 2016-17 by a tally of 1,270 yes votes to 344 no votes.
Results were announced at the North Colonie Central Office shortly after the polls closed at 9:00 p.m. The unofficial results show 79 percent of the total 1,614 voters supported the budget.
The $105.3 million budget has a tax levy increase of 2.41 percent, with an estimated tax rate increase of 0.6 percent. The district will set its final tax rate for the 2016-17 school year in August, based on final assessment figures as provided by the Town of Colonie.
In the Board of Education elections, Mary Nardolillo and Ronald Von Dell, who both ran unopposed, were elected. Nardolillo and Von Dell will serve five-year terms.
The budget includes additional staffing to enhance services for the district’s special needs and English as a New Language (ENL) learners, as well as a greater infusion of technology for students in grades K-12. The budget also includes the transfer of $3 million to the district’s capital fund to complete needed improvements in district school buildings.
The driving force behind this year’s budget development process was an increase in student enrollment that is expected to continue for many years. In addition, a major goal was to craft a budget that not only aligns spending and uses savings gained from attrition to fund educational priorities, but also puts the district in a position where it can continue on a path to sustainability in the coming years.
“We are pleased that the tax payers of North Colonie voted to support the 2016-17 budget,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “I believe this budget begins to address the needs of our growing district and we will continue to address the issues of growth and facilities upgrades in the coming months. I’d like to thank the community for their ongoing support of our children and our families.”
To learn more about North Colonie’s 2016-17 school budget, click here.