Rhinebeck school budget proposal restores programs, hikes levy by 3.65%

Under the proposal, the district property tax levy is projected to rise by $853,000, or 3.65 percent, to $24.23 million. Overall spending would increase by $724,793, or 2.61 percent.

“We restored some money for things like field trips that we had cut last year,” Phelan said. “On the revenue side we used an additional $50,000 in fund balance to reduce the tax levy. So between the savings that we realized through retirements and things like reductions in special education costs, we were able to add back a few of the items that we had cut from the current year’s budget.”

Voting on the spending plan will be from 2-9 p.m. May 17 at Rhinebeck High School.

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