BUDGET HEARING MEETING
ANNUAL BUDGET VOTE
VOTE ON PURCHASE OF NEW BUSES
INCREASE AND EXTENSION OF THE BUS PURCHASE RESERVE FUND
ESTABLISHMENT OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS RESERVE FUND
AND ELECTION OF 2 BOARD MEMBERS
FOR THE WEST SENECA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Budget Hearing Meeting for the residents of the West Seneca Central School District will be held at the District Office Boardroom, 675 Potters Road, West Seneca, NY 14224 on Monday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm, at which time the proposed budget of the necessary funds to meet estimated expenditures for the school year 2021-2022 will be presented, as well as such matters as may properly come before this meeting.
FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the voting by the qualified residents of the West Seneca Central School District will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm at the East Senior High School Gym, 4760 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY 14224 in said District, for the purpose of voting by ballot on voting machines upon the School Budget, the purchase of new school buses, an Increase and Extension of the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund, and the establishment of a Capital Improvements Reserve Fund, and the election of two at-large positions for the Board of Education for a term of three (3) years commencing July 1, 2021 and concluding June 30, 2024.
NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN, that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuring year for school purposes, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any interested person in any of the schoolhouses in which school is maintained in the district, during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the District Vote, except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, and Offices of the Town Clerks of West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, Hamburg, and the West Seneca Public Library, during their hours of operation.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the following propositions shall be submitted to the qualified voters at the Annual District Meeting and Election:
PROPOSITION NO. 1
SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET
Shall the following resolution be adopted? RESOLVED, that the budget for the West Seneca Central School District, Erie County, New York (the “District”) for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022, as presented by the Board of Education of the District, in the proposed amount of $134,641,980, is hereby approved and adopted, and the funds required therefore are hereby appropriated, and the necessary real property taxes required shall be raised by a tax on the taxable property in the District to be levied and collected as required by law.
EXPENDITURE FROM BUS PURCHASE RESERVE FUND
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit: RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the West Seneca Central School District is hereby authorized to expend a total of $551,100 from the District’s existing capital reserve fund known as the “Bus Purchase Reserve Fund” (as modified by the vote of the qualified voters of the District on May 17, 2011) for the purchase of three full-size 65-passenger buses at $118,200 each and three 30-passenger buses at $65,500 each with all such vehicles to be used in the transportation program of the District, and with the result that such expenditure from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund shall have no impact on the tax levy of the District for the 2021-2022 school year.
PROPOSITION NO. 3
INCREASE AND EXTENSION OF THE BUS PURCHASE RESERVE FUND
Shall the following resolution be adopted? RESOLVED, that the Board of Education (the “Board”) of the West Seneca Central School District, Erie County, New York (the “District”) is hereby authorized to increase the ultimate amount and extend the term of the District’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund that was established in May of 2002 and last increased and extended in May of 2011 (the “Fund”), in order to increase the ultimate amount of the Fund from $10,000,000 to $20,000,000 and to increase the probable term of the Fund by an additional ten (10) years, in order to allow the District to continue to manage its bus/vehicle purchases for the District’s transportation program as in the past.
PROPOSITION NO. 4
ESTABLISHMENT OF A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS RESERVE FUND
Shall the following resolution be adopted? RESOLVED, that the Board of Education (the “Board”) of the West Seneca Central School District, Erie County, New York (the “District”) is hereby authorized to establish a capital improvements reserve fund pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law of the State of New York (the “Fund”); that the Fund shall be known as the “Capital Improvements Reserve Fund, 2021” of the District; that the Fund shall be established for the purpose of financing, in whole or in part, the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, expansion, renovation, alteration and improvement of buildings, facilities, sites and real property by the District, or the District’s share of the cost of any capital improvements project undertaken by a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (“BOCES”) of which the District is (or may become) a component district, including, in all cases, the acquisition of necessary furnishings, equipment, machinery and apparatus; that the ultimate amount of such Fund shall be not greater than $15,000,000 (plus interest earned thereon); that the probable term of such Fund shall be not longer than fifteen (15) years; and that the permissible sources from which the Board is authorized to appropriate monies to such Fund from time to time shall be (a) amounts applied thereto from budgetary appropriations of the District; (b) unappropriated fund balance of the District; (c) State aid received as reimbursement for expenditures by the District in connection with District capital improvements (whether or not such improvements were financed in whole or in part from the Fund); (d) the proceeds from the sale of unneeded real or personal property owned by the District, if permitted by law and if so directed by the Board; and (e) such other sources as the Board or the voters of the District may direct from time to time, all as may be permitted by law.