SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Central School District’s proposed $88.3 million budget for 2017-18 will have a public hearing Tuesday, one week before voters register their opinion at the polls.
The tax-cap-compliant budget would hike spending by 1.64 percent and the tax rate by 1.55 percent, to $160.23 for each $1,000 of assessed value. Containing neither major cutbacks nor major new initiatives, it is expected—like previous budgets going back more than two decades—to gain easy approval.
Voters will also be asked to authorize the spending of $1.7 million in capital-reserve cash to resurface two artificial-turf fields and buy new equipment for the high school’s fitness/wellness center. Since the money is already on-hand, the project would not impact taxpayers’ bills.
The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Somers Middle School library. May 9 is also the last day to request an absentee ballot from district clerk Nancy Corrado.