Lake Placid school budget hearing attracts 2 taxpayers

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Central School District hosted its second and final hearing on the proposed 2013-14 budget Tuesday night, and there was once again little public comment.

Seven people attended last week’s public hearing in Wilmington. Only two people showed up at this week’s hearing, held at the Lake Placid Middle-High School cafeteria.

The budget goes to a public vote on May 21.

“Nice job,” Linda Wallace told the district’s Board of Education following a brief budget presentation by Superintendent Randy Richards and Budget Officer Leonard Sauers.

One other person asked whether the district will buy or lease a handicapped bus. Sauers explained that the district will lease the bus at a cost of between $17,000 and $19,000 annually.

“What it’s doing is it’s just replacing another bus that’s coming off the lease, so the net impact is about $1,000,” he said.

The proposed budget totals $17,097,680 and would increase the tax levy by 3 percent, meeting the state’s tax levy limit.

Voters will also fill two three-year terms on the school board. Three candidates are running: John Hopkinson, Jennifer Tufano and Preston. Candidate profiles will appear in Thursday’s Enterprise.

Taxpayers will also vote on whether to support the district’s Energy Savings Capital Project. The project includes replacement of an electric boiler and cooling tower at the Lake Placid Elementary School. The district will move forward with the project regardless of the results from the vote, but if taxpayers back it, the district becomes eligible for more state aid.

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