First draft of school budget nearing 4 percent increase


PINE PLAINS — Every year school districts across New York have had the challenge of budgeting for the upcoming school year, all the while estimating a large part of their revenues and expenses, while waiting for state budget figures from Albany.

This year is certainly no better, and may be worse for the Pine Plains Central School District, which is entering the budget process without official word about state aid, a proposed tax levy cap bill or mandate relief. It’s also beginning the month of March without any collective bargaining agreements in place.

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