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Moravia schools proposes 7.67% budget increase focusing on post-pandemic needs

The Moravia Central School District is set to vote on a proposed budget of $28,676,344 for the 2023-24 school year, reflecting a 7.67% spending increase while keeping property tax hikes to a minimum with an estimated 1.5% tax levy increase.

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The budget aims to address the social emotional and academic needs of students post-COVID-19 pandemic by hiring an adaptive physical education teacher and a social-emotional-learning interventionist at Millard Fillmore Elementary School. Additionally, the community will vote on purchasing three 66-passenger school buses for no more than $447,000.

The proposal also includes the creation of a capital reserve fund, capped at $2 million, to cover expenses like school building upgrades, renovations, repairs, and investments in technology and equipment. The fund, if approved, would eliminate the need for costlier borrowing or tax increases while maintaining a safe, comfortable, and welcoming learning environment. The district reassures voters that the capital fund will be carefully managed and transparently reported. Lastly, the Powers Library’s budget proposition, with a $15,000 increase, will also be on the ballot.

Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 16, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Moravia Middle School/High School.