TODAY'S PAPER
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VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Roslyn High School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $107,181,298 budget for 2017-18, a 1.98 percent increase from the current $105,097,968. The tax levy would rise by 0.19 percent, from $91,448,050 to $91,620,879.

This increase is lower than the district’s tax-cap limit of 1.12 percent, so a simple majority will be required to pass the budget.

School taxes on a single-family house of median assessed value would decrease 1.47 percent, from $13,481.58 to $13,283.61.

The budget will fund a 0.75 percent across-the-board increase in teacher salaries, plus a step increase of about 2 percent and a larger contribution to the cost of health insurance. In addition, it provides for a net increase of 5.92 full-time-equivalent positions at the elementary school level, including a special-education teacher.

Additional course electives under the proposed spending plan include American Sign Language classes in eighth grade and higher, an extension of Mandarin language classes to the high school, and a fourth level of the engineering program “Project Lead the Way.” A new TED Talks class would focus on public speaking and essay writing.

Residents also will vote on three propositions.

One seeks authorization for a five-year lease/purchase agreement for two buses and three vans, to cost no more than $175,000 per year, which is part of continuing replacement of older vehicles in the district’s fleet.

Two other propositions concern reserve funds: one to authorize creation of a capital reserve fund for long-term expenses, such as capital improvements, that ultimately could contain $25 million; and the other authorizing expenditure of $1.5 million from an existing capital reserve fund for telecommunication upgrades at all school buildings.

The district said there would be no tax impact from approval of any of the propositions.

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy and Clifford Saffron are running unopposed for two at-large seats. Terms are three years.

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