AuSable Valley school budget passes

CLINTONVILLE — AuSable Valley Central School District’s proposed $37.9 million 2024-25 budget passed by 376-184 on Tuesday, a 67.1% approval. The budget carries a tax levy of $16,185,000, a 3.45% increase from this year, falling below the state-imposed tax cap of 3.51%.

A total of 560 votes were cast in this year’s election.

The district’s 2024-25 budget is 3.85% higher than this year’s $36.5 million budget. Just under half of it is funded by taxes; the district plans to use $1,134,000 from its reserves and a combined more than $20 million in state and federal aid to fund the rest.

Tax rates would be around $13.92 per $1,000 in assessed value. A person in AVCSD with a $300,000 home could expect to pay around $4,176 in school taxes next year.

While AVCSD’s budget is ultimately higher than this year’s, some areas will see spending decreases. The school library budget will be more than halved and the guidance and attendance budget will see an almost $100,000 reduction. School officials said these reductions are due to staff retirements.

AVCSD board members Jenna Beauregard and Aubrey Bressett were both reelected in uncontested races. Lee Pray won the third open school board seat over challenger Kenneth Bruno Jr.

Beauregard, who earned 424 votes, has been on the school board since 2021. She is the parent of two children who attend AVCSD and works at SUNY Plattsburgh as the director of contracts and purchasing services.

Bressett, school board vice president, earned 435 votes. She has been on the school board since 2021 and is the parent of two children who attend AVCSD.

Bressett works at SUNY Plattsburgh as the executive director of advancement and has volunteered in the community as a Girl Scout troop leader and religious education instructor.

Pray, who earned 306 votes, works at Northline Utilities as a talent acquisition and human resources manager and is the parent of two children who attend AVCSD.

Bruno earned 204 votes.


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