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March 15, 2013

NTSD budget outlook improves

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Tonawanda News — Board member James Martineck, who is in his first term, asked administrators to consider shared services, while Dorothy Kuebler queried Woytila on the possibility of hacking out additional line items. One option that was not mentioned was the closure of the administrative building itself, a topic that was broached during the 2012 budgetary process. 

The meeting framed the difficulty seen by districts across the state, all of which are in the second year of meeting New York’s loose 2 percent tax cap. Many of the budget shortfall issues, administrators say, can be attributed to an unchecked health care system that swells personnel costs. 

Another challenge mentioned by Woytila is trying to put together a budget while predicting how much state aid the district will obtain, which is often announced at a later date. That discussion will continue twice next month, when the board meets on April 11 and April 17 to hammer out the final details before the budget goes to the public for a vote May 21. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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