Dorchester school budget has no tax increase
Dorchester District 2’s budget for the 2013-14 school year holds no surprises — or frills.
And barring any changes, it will not include an increase for taxpayers. The last tax increase was for the 2009-10 school year.
“It’s better than the last couple of years when we had to sit here and figure out what to cut,” said Superintendent Joe Pye.
The proposed $156.7 million budget is a $4.1 million increase over last year’s and about $1 million over projected income, said district Chief Financial Office Allyson Duke. Some revenue from the state has yet to be determined.
Most of the expenditures are not changed from last year.
The proposal includes salaries for 23 additional teachers, which will be needed to handle the projected district growth of 500 students; step increases for many employees; and an additional $100,000 for a 2 percent increase in the district’s contract with Durham School Services.
The district will hold a series of meetings over the next eight weeks to get input from the public before presenting the final budget to Dorchester County Council on May 20.