Kenneth Bossert, the Elwood superintendent, said the district's board was mindful of two things: federal tax law and the fact that voters in November approved a $34.5-million bond issue for school renovations.
"We try to work together but we have disagreements, too, and this clearly could be used as a political tool to block the efforts of one board member, or two board members, or three board members", Mertz said.
There will be contested Board of Education races in six other school districts across the neighboring towns. It is now available on the school district website for feedback.
Votes can be cast between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., in the music room of the intermediate school on Leland Lane.
Voting on the Shelter Island School District's $11.7 million budget takes place tomorrow.
The proposed tax levy increase is 4.27%, which is below the New York State property tax cap of 4.57% that applies to East Greenbush, requiring a simple majority to pass the budget. Last month, even suggesting it may need to close school buildings. The largest source of budget revenue is state financial aid, at more than $37 million.
She distributed to the board a list of 133 questions to ask at a special open board meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Davenport Schools Achievement Service Center, 1606 Brady St., Davenport.
School board members will meet Tuesday, May 15, when they're expected to vote on proposed cuts. The candidates are: Melinda Leising, Donna Durr Arancio and Samuel Catterson.
The resolution is being submitted to the Board prior to adoption of the 2018-19 budget, and is based on multiple-year projections of the District's fiscal situation.
The $34,508,432 budget proposal calls for a 3.13 percent local tax levy increase, which is the district's allowable tax levy limit under state guidelines, according to the district.
In Sagaponack, voting continues until 8:30 p.m.
The $46,550,725 proposed 2018-19 budget adopted by the Oneida City School District Board of Education on April 23, 2018 reflects a 5.25 percent budget increase. Heather Soroka, now serves as vice president of the school board and is seeking a second term on the Board of Education.
"Doing so would allow you as a board and administration to address these pressing concerns and give you time as a board to look at alternative plans to save the $1 million that closing a school would put back into the general fund", he said.