as the article below points out the geneva city school had to exceed the tax cap last year and now the school system wants even more money

the canandaigua school system covers 80 square miles and all their students are bused

the geneva school system only covers 40 square miles and not all students are bused

strange that canandaigua can bus all their students and still spend far less per student than the geneva school system

must be the canandaigua buses run on sunshine and rain drops grin

guardian glass just got a $30 million reduction in their taxes

how much will the geneva school taxes go up with those two conditions?

GENEVA — Residents get their chance to sound off on the city school district’s $48.825 million budget proposal at a public hearing tonight.

Susan Gray, the district’s director of business and finance, said officials will offer a PowerPoint presentation on the budget before taking comments and questions. The session starts at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

The budget would increase the tax levy by 1.95 percent, bringing it to $18.051 million. Because the state formula allows Geneva a tax increase of 0.34 percent, the district will need the approval of at least 60 percent of its voters May 19 to enact the budget.

If the district gets it, the tax rate will rise from $21.82 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $22.17. For a home assessed at $100,000, that equates to a $35 hike in school taxes.

If the budget fails, administrators can reassess the plan and hold another vote. If it fails a second time, the district would adopt a contingency budget.

The budget increases spending by about $2 million over the current fiscal year. It includes these cuts:

• A counselor’s position (through resignation). A behavioral psychologist will replace the position.

• A teacher (a teacher is relocating).

• Three teaching assistants.

• Reduced hours for one secretary.

The district will realize savings by replacing higher-paid retirees with new hires and through a $60,000 reduction in transportation expenses.

On the other side of the ledger, the district divided the proposed spending increase into two categories. The first, which totals $1.437 million, includes increases in the cost of debt service, insurance, salaries and BOCES; the second, which totals $613,219, includes additions Superintendent Trina Newton proposed April 9. Those additions include a cleaner, a groundskeeper, a full-time translator/interpreter, a social worker, another dual language teacher, and, possibly, a teacher evaluator.

In addition, administrators are proposing $300,000 worth of technology upgrades.

District officials say many of the additions restore items cut in previous years.

The school board unanimously approved the budget last month.