Community Approves 2019-20 School Budget and Propositions
Residents of the Brighton Central School District approved an $80,522,065 budget for the 2019-20 school year by a vote of 2,294 to 531. The budget received an 81 percent “yes” vote. The projected tax levy increase for 2018-19 is 2.34%. It’s the fifth-highest passage rate in the last 40-plus years.
“Thank you to the community for their support,” said Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan. “We appreciate the feedback we received throughout the entire process and attempted to develop a budget responsive to what the community expressed in the first vote. We believe that the community spoke, the District responded, and we’ll now continue moving ahead.”
Two propositions were also on the ballot. The first proposal, approved 2,371 to 430, authorized the withdrawal of $3,000,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund (General) to fund the construction of alterations, renovations and improvements to each of the District’s existing school buildings and facilities and reduce the debt obligation related to the Brighton Facilities Improvement Plan approved in May 2017.
The second proposition, approved 2,310 to 489, authorized the transfer of $500,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund (Technology) to the District’s General Operating Fund and to expend this sum from the District’s General Operating Fund for computer-related equipment and technology-related infrastructure.