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Chautauqua Lake district facing budget gap for 2016-17

March 3, 2016
By Katrina Fuller ( , Westfield Republican

MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua Lake Central School District projected budget is facing a large gap for the 2016-17 school year.

Projected budget numbers discussed at the Wednesday Board of Education meeting were looking grim. However, district officials had a few solutions.

While it is early on in the budgeting process, the projections show a $684,311 budget gap.

The projected budget expenditures were listed as $22,416,845, while the projected revenues were $21,732,534 for the 2016-17 school year.

After some recommended reductions in categories such as materials, supplies and contractual, breakage and alternative approaches to special education programs and placements, the projected gap is shown as $276,311.

Other potential reductions to budget expenditures include equipment, non-mandated programs, class sizes, staffing levels and more. There were also a few potential ideas suggested for increasing revenue, such as assuming there would be more state education aid coming in, with an example of the possible elimination or reduction of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or increasing the amount of designated fund balance.

The Gap Elimination Adjustment was introduced in 2010-11 as a means of closing the gap in New York state's budget deficit, which led to funding for schools being cut statewide.

Benjamin Spitzer, superintendent, said there is a lot of budget work ahead.

"This is a really important part of what the board does," Spitzer said. "We're not fully on board administratively with what those numbers should look like (but) we will be there sooner than later."

The final date for the board to adopt a proposed budget is April 13, while the annual budget hearing is scheduled for May 10, according to

The budget vote and board member election is slated for May 17.



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