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Leyden to vote on school, town budgets, capital requests on Monday

LEYDEN ­— The annual town meeting will resume Monday, taking up several articles tabled at the May 18 meeting.

The meeting will reconvene at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

Votes on the town’s budget, as well as several money articles, were tabled at the May meeting, because it was not yet clear how much the town’s share of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget would be.

The school budget is still unclear, as the state Legislature has yet to come to an agreement on the state budget. Proposals have included different formulas for determining town contributions to regional schools. Coupled with changes in enrollment across the district’s four towns, this has left the School Committee guessing as to what the final budget will be.

In the governor’s budget, proposed in February, Leyden saw a $100,000 reduction in its district assessment due to a new minimum contribution formula. The Legislature’s proposals differed, and did not include figures for town contributions. The town decided to propose a level-funded $775,407 at the meeting, to play it safe.

Robert Hardesty, the town’s municipal assistant, said there has been no new figure proposed, though the amount may be amended at the meeting.

With the level-funded figure, the town’s total budget would be $1.59 million as recommended by the selectboard.

With the school budget uncertain, the town found it prudent to hold off on several money articles.

Also on the bill for the Monday meeting are:

∎ $20,000 for the Highway Department stabilization account.

∎ $20,000 for an account to save toward a Historical Commission museum.

∎ $20,000 for a town building stabilization fund.

∎ $10,000 for the general stabilization fund.

∎ $3,285 for capital projects at Pioneer.

∎ $4,500 for projects at the district’s central office.

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