(The second article in a continuing series about the 2013-14 budget.) As Cazenovia Central School District administrators begin to navigate the 2013-14 budget development process, they already can point to several areas that will bring significant cost increases. Of the projected $1.2 million increase in expenses, the most significant jump will be in teacher and employee retirement system costs: $622,000. (To put that figure in perspective, consider a 2 percent tax levy increase in Cazenovia would be about $320,000, and the governor’s proposed state aid increase is slightly less than $211,000.) Other increased expenses expected next year include:
- Salaries – up by $250,000.
- Health insurance contributions – increasing by $120,000 (a 3 percent premium increase).
- Special education costs (due to an influx of new students and placements) – up $205,000.
- Expanded ESL services, to accommodate the arrival of several new students who speak English as a Second Language (ESL).